'Unique' Mercedes 540K offered by Russo and Steele


A modified 1937 Mercedes 540K will cross the block at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale from 16-20 January.

The "spectacular customization" is the work of the award-winning John Slaughter, who has being plying his trade since the 1950s.

His latest creation comes fitted with a V10 Viper engine and includes a tube frame with Corvette suspension, dual fans, plus a custom-built transmission cooler and air condenser.

Inside, there’s a ‘hand-built’ dashboard with Viper switches and gauges along with a Viper steering column (including the wheel), Saab seats and a 300watt stereo.

Said to be based on "a real Mercedes-Benz 540K" (which leaves us asking one question: why?) you can view the one of a kind Merc’s full list of additions on the auction house’s website.

There has been so much debate over this car that we have started a forum topic about it. Have your say here.




it's literally slaughtered !!

Coventry Climax

That is one of the most vulgar acts of wanton vandalism I have ever seen. Truly awful.


It just goes to show that money is no substitute for taste


Absolutely criminal Horrible !!!


Deeply embarrassing for all concerned. I'm sure the vast majority of American enthusiasts think so too.


Its a shame to modify a piese of art like that.They have modified art and turned it into a junk.Anyone can modify a car and turn it into a power pumping automobile.The 1937 Mercedes 540K is a classic and there are only a handful of them running around the whole planet.What were they thinking getting that mercedes repaired by changing evrything in it and replacing it with somethig else?HUge disappointment I must say.

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