RM Monterey 2015 – 1938 Adler Trumpf RennLimousine – LM ‘Racing Sedan’ with Airship Aero

RM Monterey 2015 - 1938 Adler Trumpf RennLimousine - LM 'Racing Sedan' with Airship AeroThe fantastic convergence of aerospace and supercars has a glorious history! This Adler Trumpf Rennlimo from 1938 represented a fascinating view of automotive aerodynamics in a time before effective wind tunnels or computer simulations.

The learnings and design principles of aerodynamics were far more theoretical in the pre-jet age.

Yet Adler designers brought great insights from airship and Zeppelin design into the car world to great results. This ‘racing sedan,’ as the Rennlimo translates, was the first closed-cockpit racer to take on LeMans.

Just six were produced for sale, all with unique spindle and wing tweaks to the bodywork. The result is a sexy yet subtle mix of ultra pure and streamlined panels, plus a healthy bit of practicality included as well. With massive top speed potential but also a fairly large and plush cockpit, the Adler Trumpf Rennlimo was a wildcard among bigger Daimler-Benz vehicles of this style, like the 540K or even the BMW 328.

Intriguing elements of the teardrop glasshouse from the Adler Rennlimo show a striking preview of the C2 Corvette Sting Ray from 1962 — yet from a cool 25 years earlier.

The rarity and unique design — even among other Adlers — of this1938 Rennlimo makes it a potential all-star of RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale next month. Initial estimates have a floor of $1.2MM, and we’d estimate a solid $1.8MM to take this icon home.

1938 Adler Trumpf RennLimousine


RM Sotheby’s


13-15 August 2015

1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine

$1,200,000 – $1,800,000

  • Chassis no. 167 671
  • Engine no. 147 547/38

Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sothebys

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