Göring's Mercedes to be auctioned on eBay
A Mercedes once belonging to Hitler's deputy, Hermann Göring, the head of the German Luftwaffe during the Third Reich, will be auctioned on eBay by a car dealership in Florida.
The 1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K was unearthed last year in a North Carolina garage, according to the dealership restoring it, High Velocity Inc.
Commissioned by Göring in 1940, the car was ordered with special features including a parade stand, a supercharged V-8 engine which can power the car to speeds of over 160 km/h, a short wave radio for long-distance communications and sirens.
The Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B, the last of its kind to be built, was delivered to Göring in 1941.
The garage said the car's history was documented from its commission, to its capture by the US Army, transport to the States and its care in the hands of a North Carolina car collector for the past 60 years.
The car was parked outside of Hitler’s Berghof on May 4th, 1945 when the United States’ 7th Infantry invaded Berchtesgaden, Bavaria.
Taken as a trophy, the car was used by Colonel John A. Heintges, commander of the 7th Infantry, the dealership said in a statement.
It was then sold to US Staff Sergeant Sam Hosier. Hosier brought the Mercedes back to Texas in the early 1950s. In 1955, Hosier sold the car to a collector in North Carolina, who kept it virtually intact for the past 60 years, the dealership said.
High Velocity Classics said the vehicle had been verified by Mercedes-Benz,
"Not only is this 1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K an engineering triumph, but it is also one of a tiny group of cars commissioned by the inner circle of high Nazi command. The car is even more distinguished in that it is intact in all its original parts today," the dealership said.
This 1941 Mercedes will be auctioned on eBay next week.