Hitler’s 770 K Grosser Benz to be Auctioned Early in 2018

Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770 K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen is going to auction in Scottsdale, Arizona next month.

The touring car is one of five surviving Offener Tourenwagens used by the Fuhrer and his staff. A 7.7-liter inline eight-cylinder engine powers the completely restored Mercedes. It is capable of speeds over 100 mph and features bucket proof glass and armor plating. According to Worldwide Auctioneers, the U.S. Army seized this vehicle in 1945 and it was later used by U.S. Military Police stationed in Le Havre, France. Eventually, it made its way to the United States was was donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which used the car in parades.

The Third Reich motorcar has previously been on display at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to that it was featured at the Chicago Historical Antique Automobile Museum in Highland Park, Illinois. Worldwide says a total of 88 W150 Grosser Mercedes 770s were built until 1943 and Erich Kempka, Hitler’s chauffeur, ordered this 770K in 1938. The auctioneer also states 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 similar atrocities in the future.

The auction will be held on January 17.


The World’s First Sports Car

The world’s first sports car is the 1914 Sports Torpedo called “Prince Henry”, a Vauxhall (estimated to be worth $630,700 to $760,000). This along with the 1926 Rolls Royce “Phantom of Love” are two of the cars up for auction at the Bonhams Auction House Bond St. sale in England today. The Phantom of Love was built for an American businessman as a gift for his wife. It featured a beautiful tapestried bench seat resembling a sofa and rococo artwork throughout the “furnishings”.

When the 1914 Vauxhall was created, it was the fastest car topping just over 80 mph. Other cars are the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster worth between approximately $1.2 and $1.5 million.

Check out the photos and other cars here.

Why One Old and Unremarkable Limo Will Become Famous

RM Sotheby’s will sell an old Princess limousine at its London auction on September 7th: It’s expected to cost over $300,000.

However, a 1956 Austin Princess isn’t inherently a special car, so what’s the catch? Well, the catch is that an 1956 Austin Princess limousine owned by John Lennon is a very special car. Lennon apparently bought the car 1971, and now it’s headed to auction in September. Due to its ownership history, this car will likely be expensive, but a portion of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to various charities.

Beyond ownership there are some “extras” that make the car even more extraordinary to collectors. For one, in the back are five airplane seats reportedly installed during Lennon’s ownership of the car, and there’s a copy of the registration document with Lennon’s signature included as part of the sale. The auction listing also tells us that Lennon owned this car while he wrote the song Imagine and is featured in the film of the same name. Though Lennon sold it after a little over a year of ownership, it’s still an important piece of memorabilia for fans of the former Beatle. It’ll surely become the world’s most expensive Austin Princess when it’s auctioned.

Have a peek!

The Victor crew

Military Auctions Surplus Humvees to American Public

The U.S. Military auctioned off 25 surplus Humvees to the public this past Wednesday, December 17th. With the help of online auction house IronPlanet Inc. netting the military about $744,000. Bids started and 10K a Humvee and quickly rose.

The now famous military trucks went from anywhere from $21,500 up to 41,000. The lowest bid was for a 1989 AM General M1038 HMMWV. The highest bid went to a 1994 AM General M998A1 HMMWV.

All the vehicles were in disuse and sitting in a lot at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The vehicles were produced for the military by AM General until their weakness to IED’s was discovered during our second conflict with Iraq. After the discovery these vehicles were replaced with a 50 billion dollar fleet of Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs). AM General no longer produces the vehicles for the Army or Marines, but still produces about 30,000 of them a year for customers like the National Guard and the current Iraq government.

There are about 4,000 Humvees no longer in use that will be auctioned through IronPlanet if they aren’t transferred to law enforcement.

Joe Victor


The Peter Max Corvettes Found, To Be Restored

There are likely a healthy handful of car aficionados for whom the phrase “the Peter Max Corvettes” has little meaning. First lets start with the man, then his automobiles. Peter Max probably isn’t a name often associated with the automobile industry – he is a famous Pop Art illustrator from the 60s famous for his use of “psychedelica” in works that captured and promoted the social and political change of the era.

The collection includes 36 Corvettes, one for each year from 1953-1989. The original owner of the cars, Dennis Amodeo, won them from a VH1 contest in 1989 – however Max acquired them for an art project that would never see the light of day, mostly due to legal troubles over tax fraud. So the cars sat in a parking garage for years and years.

In 2001 the garage was to be sold and Max had to move the cars. The owners of the garage enlisted the help of Scott Heller who oversaw the moving of the cars from location to location over some years until the ended up in Upper Manhattan in an former Packard dealership.

Heller offered to help Max restore the cars for sale and split the profit – this original offer was rejected by Max. However, not much later Max contacted Heller to sell him the collection outright.

Heller and is family are now working with restoration experts to bring the collection back to life from years of neglect in parking garages. Heller and his family hope to sell the restored collection at auction. Both a representative of Max and the Hellers declined to comment on the transaction and what was paid for the collection.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/automobiles/a-set-of-vettes-off-to-rehab.html

Joe Victor