Fellbach near Stuttgart. A March day with some cloud. One of the most fascinating models in the history of the motor car is driving along a country road: a Model 540 K compressor car. As the compressor starts to roar, the eyes of the 86-year-old passenger light up: he last heard that compressor when he was ten years old – and was sitting in one of the fastest cars of his day. In those days, his father was a test driver at the Dunlop works, where a 540 K Streamliner was used as a test vehicle for tyres. Today his son, the grandson of the 1938 test driver, is driving.
The Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner is a fascinating unique item. In summer 2014 it will be presented to the public at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California – accurately restored and rebuilt right down to the last detail.