1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K to lead Sotheby's Amelia Island sale

A 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K spezial cabriolet is the star lot of RM Sotheby's Amelia Island sale on March 13.

The lot is a unique variant of this highly sought after model. It formerly belonged to American opera singer James Melton, who owned a legendary car collection.

Mercedes 540K Cabriolet
The Mercedes 540 K features a number of unique variations

When he began selling off his cars in the 1950s, the 540 K was one of the last to go. In recent years it has undergone an extensive and sympathetic restoration.

Jonathan Sierakowski, car specialist at RM Sotheby's, explains: "This car has all that a superb automobile should have: memorable lines, superb engineering and abundant power.

"Add in its exceptional ownership chain and its bevy of special one-off features, from the raked vee'd windshield to the louvered front hood, special fitted luggage and the five-speed transmission, a feature only seen on the later examples, and it can be rightfully considered one of the most superlative and unique 540 Ks."

It's valued at $3m-4m.

Other lots offered include a 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental fastback sports saloon, which is estimated to make $1.2m-1.4m.

It's the archetypal Continental and has had just four owners from new.

This year's Amelia Island sales look to be some of the biggest yet, with Bonhams featuring a superbly rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57C which has an estimate of up to $13m.

Please sign up to our free newsletter to receive exciting news about classic car auctions.

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£55,000
In stock