In most cases when you hear about rare cars being sold with famous past owners, you assume that those previous owners are movie stars, singers, or racing drivers, but not dictators like Adolf Hitler. But that’s exactly who owned the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Open Tourer, and you can be listed on the owner history, too, since the vehicle will be auctioned on January 17. 10 percent of the sale price will be used for education about the Holocaust and preventing another one.
The car was commissioned by SS officer and chauffeur for Hitler Erich Kempka. It was used as a guest car for visiting dignitaries, and for big Nazi parades. It was used in those parades between 1939 and 1941. Considering the car would be used to transport Hitler, it was outfitted with additional protection. Armor plating was fitted to the sides and bottom of the vehicle. The windshield is bullet resistant, and an armored panel can be raised up at the back behind the seats if a greater threat was determined. Read more