It is called “the most historically important car ever offered for public sale’: 1939 “Super Mercedes” once occupied by a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The AFP reports, only four of the Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser models were built, and the one being put up for sale in Arizona on Jan. 17 the famous carried out by Hitler in Berlin as the country celebrates her victory over France.
In the list, Worldwide Auctioneers will ask that the car be cut some slack: “not have selected the user or its use. … If the original Hitlerian origin of this Mercedes might be set aside, if only for a moment, preserved examples of the Mercedes-Benz 770 ‘Grosser’ … continue to be very probably the world’s greatest achievement in the field of automotive design, engineering and construction.” The car could fetch up to $14 million.
As far as the technique goes, it had a 7.7-liter supercharged engine, which could push the car up to a speed of over 100 mph; design-wise, there were “built-in security measures”, that bullet proof glass and protective armor.
Deutsche Welle reports the car was known to be used by Hitler from 1939 to 1941, but was subsequently sent for repair and the paper trail temporarily ends.
It was used by the American military police in France, then to the U.S., where it entered in the possession of a Veterans of Foreign Wars branch and was seen in military parades.
“Rediscovered” in 1976, it was restored, shown at the Chicago Historical Antique Auto Museum, sold to the owner of a casino in Vegas, and ultimately sold to a European collector in 2004, and then a Russian in 2009.
(What a punch of Hitler the history change?)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Auction House will Ask That You Not Judge This Car Too Hard