Car Design as High Style, 1930-1965
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster: 1937
This vehicle is considered the pinnacle of pre-war auto design, with presence and panache to spare. The 26 540K Special Roadsters, among the total of 419 540Ks that were produced from 1936 to 1939, were designed to be dominant on the road. They were built to reach 105 m.p.h. despite their considerable 5,500-lb. curb weight and 17-ft. length.