By on November 24, 2009

Fröhlich and  Adolf’s Benz. Picture courtesy TheLocal.de

According to the German tabloid Express, Düsseldorf antique car dealer Michael Fröhlich has found Hitler’s car, a blue Mercedes 770K. Fröhlich started searching after a request by a Russian oligarch. He tracked the car to Austria, to where it had been sold for 2000 Reichsmark after the war. From there, the car went to the car museum of the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. It was sent back to Germany into the collection of a loaded owner of a brewery in Munich. It finally ended up with a collector in Bielefeld. The collector had 5 more of the Nazi cars, one of them formerly Joachim von Ribbentrop’s daily driver.

Adolf and his Benz. Picture courtesy Express.de

According to the Express, Fröhlich did due diligence. The paperwork, even the license place 1A 148461 did check out. The oligarch bought the complete Nazi fleet for several million Euro. Hitler’s car will go to Moscow. Fröhlich is supposed to find buyers for the five others, says the Express.

The German English writing newssite The Local contacted Fröhlich. He corroborated the story, except for the part that the deal is already done. The Local says that Fröhlich “is now negotiating with potential buyers. The cars are all still here and no money has changed hands.”

Let’s just hope this is not the automotive version of the infamous Hitler diaries.

Update: In the meantime, Daimler historian Josef Ernst said there was no “Hitler’s car.” Mercedes had built 88 units of the 770K, most of them delivered to the fleet of the Reich Chancellor. “Nobody can say today who drove when with what,” said Ernst. Fröhlich is likewise backpedaling: “Hitler, who didn’t have a driver’s license, sat in many cars, maybe also in this one.”

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15 Comments on “(One Of) Adolf’s Cars Found...”


  • avatar
    superbadd75

    It’s history, but it’s a little creepy. No way would I want the property of a regime that killed millions of innocents. It’s just not right.

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    Hitler’s car will go to Moscow.
     
    I guess it could only be more ironic if it were going to Stalingrad.

  • avatar
    97escort

    These cars are victor’s trophies.  Indians use to take scalps to prove victory.  Some other societies took other body parts as proof.  WWII was very traumatic for the Russians.  Americans had the car until they tired of  it;  now  Russians want the victor’s trophy and are willing to pay. 

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    Superbadd, I’d add Stalin’s car to the list of “Rides I Wouldn’t Want. Ever.”

    • 0 avatar
      superbadd75

      Totally. Along with Moussolini’s wheels, and Sadam Hussein’s. There are just some parts of history that should be destroyed. The awful memories are enough.

    • 0 avatar
      argungu

      “There are just some parts of history that should be destroyed. The awful memories are enough.”      Really?  If you destroyed (parts of)  history, the memories would eventually disappear. With the memories gone, nothing is there to keep us from doing the same mistakes again.

  • avatar
    Mirko Reinhardt

    Did it sell for more money than the Pope’s Golf?
    Another car related to a historical person who didn’t even care enough about cars to have a license. Wake me up for some real news.

  • avatar
    JohnRyder

    Mmmm…if only I had the money…that car would go well with my new full length black leather coat…

      It’s too bad the Nazi’s were such horrifically awful guys…they had the coolest uniforms….and cars.

          JR

  • avatar

    Pardon my skepticism, but every single Goße Mercedes that turns up get labelled a “Hitler Car“. The license plate on this example proves nothing, as it is easy to make a copy of one that matches a historical photograph. Given the wholesale destruction and confusion that was Germany in 1945-6 it is probable that most any car that bore der Führer ended up scrap metal. This car, and most others with the Hitler car claim, is in reality a replica. It may have a few parts from a few original 770Ks, but  Adolf did not sit in those seats. Those seats are long gone.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

     
    Totally. Along with Moussolini’s wheels, and Sadam Hussein’s. There are just some parts of history that should be destroyed. The awful memories are enough.
     
    I believe Saddam Hussein, or one of his sons, had quite a collection of exotics.  Now, that said, Hussein was bush league, standard-issue-dictator next to likes of Pol Pot or Augusto Pinochet, let alone Hitler or Stalin.

  • avatar
    TonUpBoi

    Strictly speaking, Adolph Hitler never owned a car – in terms of some Mercedes out there that can be traced to a title and registration with “A. Hitler” on it.  All of “Hitler’s” cars were legally owned by the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (I believe I’ve got the full title correct?).  Which is to say, he rode in something from the motor pool.  No doubt, however, that his section of the motor pool was off limits to some SS Gruppenfurher.
     
    I believe it’s been documented that Hitler liked to joke that he owned nothing – everything he had was owned by the Party.
     
    As to destroying it: History is history, and all history is valuable.  Even the evil stuff.

  • avatar
    obbop

    Wonder what Idi Amin’s skate board would go for?

  • avatar
    Gottleib

    I would rather have a car owned by Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Churchill or any of the other Allied Force leaders.

  • avatar
    dweezilb

    The Hitler part is creepy, but gosh that’s a beautiful car.


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