Most Controversial Car Ever Auctioned Goes On Sale Tomorrow In Arizona
Das Good Car.
It’s no secret that Adolf Hitler loved cars. He liked to show them off whenever he could and according to many documentaries and books, never missed a car show if he could help it. It’s no surprise then that he had a Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser Offener Tourenwagen specially built for himself with all the bells and whistles, but did you ever wonder what happened to it?
After Germany’s surrender, the car was seized by the United States and used as a Military Police vehicle in France for a year and then sold off to a wealthy man in Tennessee who didn’t really know what he was sitting on.
Only five models of the type exist around the world, this one being particularly unique as it was Hitler’s main ride.
Falling into disrepair, it was later purchased by classic car enthusiasts who restored it in 1976 and sold it to another rich guy (casino owner) in Las Vegas. Then, after his death in 2004, it was sold off again to the man who is auctioning it off on January 17th, 2018, but he has remained anonymous. Although its price tag remains a mystery even when thinking of “ball-parking” it, the organization hosting the bidding called it “the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale.”
If you’d like to learn more about the car and its history, we found this short documentary which outlines almost everything about it. If you have the time, check it out as it’s incredibly interesting.