The 500k was built around a 5.0 litre engine. It was a magnificent car as all Mercedes cars. The engine was moved 7inches back in the chassis to allow the grill to be set further back behind the axle line, with a long bonnet to accommodate the engine.
The 500k came with many body styles at the time of its production. It was designed and built in-house at Sindelfingen. With the overall, it produced a good performance but car critics at the time believed it didn’t meet expectation.
The 500k was then replaced with the 540k in 1936 exhibiting a 180bph. It only does this when the supercharger was employed in a short burst. It was known to scream and was believed that it has to do with an increment in its performance; this helped in the cars’ fuel economy which falls to 8mpg
The Mercedes K cars were charismatic caricatures but they were the ultimate embodiment of the 1930s style.
Production Date: 1934 – 1939
Engine: straight eight (OHV) supercharge. 5,018 – 54,01cc
Max Power: 160 – 180bhp
Transmission: 3 -40+ speed Overdrive
Speed: 105mpg (0-50 in 16 seconds)