Used extensively throughout the Second World War, this classic motor was once owned by one of the most evil world leaders in history. So would anyone really want to buy it?
A CLASSIC Mercedes once used by Adolf Hitler is about to go up for sale - with proceeds going towards Holocaust education.
The 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Gross Open Tourer was used by the evil dictator during his twisted Nazi parades - before being captured by the Allies.
The car's ties to such a sadistic character makes you wonder why anyone would want to own the vehicle but the vintage motor actually comes with quite an extensive history.
Used by the Chancellor of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, the Mercedes was made to the specific orders of Hitler, and was designed as a guest car for Hitler’s garage when heads of friendly states visited.
The car was first seen in public delivering Hitler to the Old Reich Chancellery in October 1939.
It also featured in a 1940 parade in Munich for Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, and another later in the same year to celebrate Nazi victory in France.
As it was built to carry world leaders who were such a target, the 770K had a number of special security measures added.
Along with 30mm bullet-resistant glass in the windscreen, the motor has armour plating on the body and underneath, as well as a movable rear armoured panel.
Following the war, the car was captured by American forces and placed under the control and use of the US Army Military Police stationed at the military motor pool located in Le Havre, France.
The Open Tourer later arrived in the United States, changing hands a number of times before it was sold to a European owner in 2004.
According to the auction house, Worldwide Auctioneers, when the classic Benz sold in a package with other vintage motors, this transaction marked the single most valuable private transaction in the classic-car world.
Fitted with a 7.7-litre supercharged eight-cylinder engine, the motor is capable of 230bhp, and had a reported top speed of 106mph at the time of first production.
Historian Ludwig Kosche told the auction house: "The purpose of this display is absolutely not to glorify Hitler and his destructive policies, no.
"It is to show you one of the outstanding cars of the century, built by gifted people, and representing the highest in craftsmanship.