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Posted: 25 Aug 2011
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster by Sindelfingen
Sold for £2.8m ($4,62m)
Many people consider the 540K to be one of Mercedes Benz's high points, which is fine. We'd also consider the Black Series range as another, but that's just us...
This particular 540K was first registered to the Horn brothers, owners of an exclusive boutique in Berlin, before being cast into hibernation as war swept across Europe.
Its post-war history is unclear, but it somehow ended up in the Soviet Union at a Soviet general's house in 1967. Yes, somehow. It eventually headed off to Sweden and was later sold to Thomas W Barrett III in '77.