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Hitler's car

Source: The Telegraph
Saturday, January 12, 2013

It was probably the most watched vehicle of it's time. This is a 1930 Mercedes-Benz 770K Cabriolet Limousine with a coachwork body by Voll & Ruhrbeck. There are four doors and a side mounted spare tires, which are carefully incorporated into the fender work and the running board. The exhaust tubes coming from the bonnet are clear indications of a supercharger. This vehicle was on display at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The Mercedes-Benz 770K was a very elegant and extravagant car. It was the largest car that Mercedes-Benz had ever produced to date. It was debuted at the 1930 Paris Motor Show where it was among the highlights of the day. It was powered by an eight-cylinder engine that displaced a massive 7.7-liters and produced and impressive 150 horsepower. An optional supercharger boosted the power even further, to 200 hp. The supercharger was a popular option and most were fitted with this configuration. Only thirteen buyers opted for the naturally aspirated engine.

The long, 153 inch wheelbase provided an excellent platform for designing and creating custom coach built bodies that met every desire and request of the customer.

Adolf Hitler owned a Mercedes-Benz 770K.

When the Mercedes-Benz Type 770 was presented at the Paris Automobile Show in the autumn of 1930, this 'Grand Mercedes' far outstripped the familiar dimensions in the category of high-quality, high-performance luxury automobiles. Right off the bat, it set a new standard in the world of top-flight passenger cars for prospective customers, the public and the experts. Internally designated W 07, the car indeed was the largest and, in every respect, most luxurious Mercedes offered by Daimler-Benz to its customers, costing the price of a single-family home, but in return featuring an ultramodern 200 hp supercharged engine and a 'Sindelfingen body' with sensational appointments and an exquisite finish.


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