Once upon a time, this was the future.
It’s a beautiful day. One that the technical project manager at Mercedes-Benz Classic has been looking forward to for a long time: now the matt silver surface finish of the fully restored 540 K Streamliner can shimmer in the sun. Parked out on the test track, the vehicle looks surprisingly less anachronistic than one might expect of a vehicle built in 1938.
In just a few moments its engine will start up – and we will see whether the unstinting efforts of the past three years can put this aerodynamic trailblazer back on the road.