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Ankur Singh

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

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There are cars that are both engineering and design pieces of art. For sure Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is one of them. This art print by Ankur Singh uses a fascinating mixture of light, shadow, lines, and shapes to depict the uniqueness of this vehicle. It celebrates a car that sets the speed, mechanical and design standards of its time.


Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster 1939


Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is a genuine engineering art

Introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show, 540K is an upgrade of 500K which itself is better version of Mercedes-Benz SSK. Mercedes-Benz produces only 419 chassis between 1936 and 1939. They come in a variety of ten body styles, including coupe, limousine, armoured limousine, 4-seater convertible, and a 2-seater convertible also famous as Special Roadster.

Back in the day the rich and famous clients prefer to order a chassis from notable manufacturers like Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Talbot-Lago, Mercedes-Benz or Delahaye. Coachbuilders like Figoni and Falaschi, Saoutchik, Vanvooren, Ghia, Touring, etc. receive the commissions for the car bodies.

For this model, Mercedes-Benz extend the activities of their Sindelfingen factory to meet the market customization requirements. Independent builders body only 70 chassis. Only 25 of these cars have a roadster body, or the Special Roadster. Currently, only ten of them exist and they change owners for a price tag around $10 million. Back in the day, Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is a truly special machine as well. It is more expensive than the most expensive 16-cylinder Cadillac at that time.

Powered by an in-line, 5,4-liter 8-cylinder supercharged engine with 180 hp, it is one of the very few road-going cars capable of 170 km/h. Its superchargers can be activated with the push of a button on the dashboard. The brakes are hydraulically operated on all 4 wheels. Last but not least – this car is as beautiful as no other vehicle. Its flaring fenders, rising radiator and the cascade of lights and chrome is nothing but flawless.


Even villains have a taste in cars

At the end of the `30s, Mercedes-Benz 540K is the pinnacle of German automotive engineering. Because of this, it becomes the automobile choice of the first-class Nazi officials, including Hitler and Goering.

Its design heavily influences the creators of Captain America comic series in which the evil antagonist Red Skull drives a car with a similar shape.

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Ankur Singh

Ankur Singh, a full-time transportation designer at Design Storz, Austria, discovered his passion for art at an early age, experimenting with various artistic forms. His love for cars and motorbikes led him into concept art and eventually the design industry. Holding a double master's degree in Industrial and Transportation Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milano, Ankur believes automotive art is about condensing entire stories into captivating visuals. His rendering style ranges from hyper-realistic artworks to raw sketches, often featuring bold colors and meticulous attention to detail, emphasizing that beauty lies in the details.

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Standard shipping within the EU usually takes 3-7 business days, while air shipping may take longer, up to 7 work days.

Since our prints are made on-demand, production times can vary. On average, it takes about 1-2 business days for production.

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We use high-quality materials to ensure the best possible results.

For fine art prints, we use 285 gsm German Etching Hahnemühle art paper.

Poster prints are typically printed on durable, 180 gsm heavyweight paper with a slight satin finish.

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Our art prints come in various sizes to accommodate different needs and display options. 

Popular sizes include 20x14 inches, 28x20 inches, and 40x28 inches. 

These prints tend to be on the larger side and are compatible with most ready-to-use frames.

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