The 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen owned by the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, is scheduled to be auctioned in mid-January.
The Mercedes-Benz 770K was once known as the “Super Mercedes” and many say is super controversial, let alone having it in the spotlight on an auction block. The infamous vehicle was used by Adolf Hitler during the Nazi-era as his main parade car from 1939 to 1941.
Hitler’s parade car is set to go on auction come the new year in the first round of the Worldwide Auctioneer’s Scottsdale auction in Arizona. The car is said to be extremely rare due to it being only one of the five surviving Offener Tourenwagens.
According to AutoWeek,
"“The vehicle, ordered and built for the chancellor of Germany, was taken from the country by the U.S Army right after World War II, in 1945. The car [is] allegedly one of the eight “pre-series” models of the W150-generation 770Ks — only five remain.“Other leaders in history who have owned the car model include Emperor Hirohito of Japan, the King of Norway, Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco and Pope Pius XI.”"
News Atlas reports that another one of Hitler’s well-known vehicles was sold at an auction in January 1973 for a worldwide record price of $153,000 USD. The car was almost identical to the Mercedes 770K that will go up for sale this coming January, and was also sold at a Scottsdale, Arizona auction. It is no wonder it became one of the most valuable vehicles ever sold or purchased at an auction.
Aside from its rarity, the Benz used to take the Fuhrer around Germany also has some impressive equipment.
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Just like other armored vehicles used to transport important figures around today, Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz 770K is complete with protective gear from every angle of the car. The bottom and sides are all armor plated with a bulletproof windshield and deflective partition.
Under the hood, this car is equipped with a supercharged 7.7-liter inline-8 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission to deliver 230 horses.
The car is in excellent condition and is a beautiful luxury car that many would love to say they own. However, when you have a car that was once owned by such a controversial figure, it may take away from all the glamour. This auction car is a controversial one, and for good reason.
Worldwide Auctioneers made a it a point to say,
"“It should be noted that 10% of the sale price of the car will be donated and used to educate how and why the Holocaust happened and how to effectively prevent such atrocities in the future.”"
Who would actually purchase this car owned by Hitler, regardless of its rarity? We will have to see if anyone steps up to the plate and what they will do with the Benz afterwards.