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.