Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770 K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen, known as, as the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale, will be making its way to auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 17th Jan’2018.
The car laced with 7.7 – liter supercharged engine – capable of exceeding 100 mph (160 kph) is one of the five Offener Tourenwagens used by the Hitler and his staff. The car with the number plate, 1A 148461, was used by Hitler on his victory parade in Berlin after the defeat of France. The car was also used at the time of a state visit by Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
During the course of Second World War, the car was captured by the US forces and put into a military police motor pool. After the war the car went to a private owner in Belgium for a brief period before it was sent to the US. The car was later handed over to North Carolina bureau of Veterans of Foreign, Greenville, which used the car for parades, carrying dignitaries, and Gold Star Mothers. It then changed owners multiple times later on.
The Principal and auctioneer Rod Egan said, “We are acutely aware of the responsibility attached to presenting such an impactful piece of history for public sale. However, this motorcar did not choose its original owner nor its use. No car does, for that matter. If its original provenance can be set aside, surviving examples of the Mercedes-Benz 770 “Grosser” or “Super Mercedes” remain quite likely the world’s greatest achievement in terms of automotive design, engineering, and construction.”
Egan also said that, “Our hope is that it will be used in a setting such as a public museum or collection where it can be shown and used to continually educate generations to come.”
According to US media reports, the car could sell for millions of dollars in the auction.
The auctioneer also stated that 10 percent of the car’s total sales price “will be donated and used to educate how and why the Holocaust happened and how to effectively prevent such similar atrocities in the future.”