Step Inside The Car That Was Made For Hitler
Step inside the car that was made for Adolf Hitler and let yourself be amazed of what was designed to parade the Fuhrer all over Nazi Germany and its conquered territories. Hitler’s parade car is a Mercedes Benz 770k, weighing approximately 5 tonnes (~11,000 lbs) with an empty tank of gas. This Mercedes is 6 m (19,6 ft) long and has an 8 cylinder engine that can take the car up to 200 km/h (124 mph).
Now that we know the technical details, let get a little bit into the car’s history. In 1944, it was delivered to Berlin, where the Nazi government had its headquarters. Back then it had a price of 2 million Reichsmarks aka 8 million Euros today, or $8.4 million. That’s a lot of money, but nothing’s too good for the Fuhrer, right?
This custom made Mercedes was captured by the French 2nd Armoured Division at Eagles Nest, the Bavarian mountain retreat. Having a complete armour with bulletproof body work and windows, this car was considered basically indestructible. It even had shield to protects the heads of all the passengers. Another really cool add-on was the anti-mine plate built inside the car’s floor and the 300 l fuel tank has the same anti-rupture design used in aircraft. The tires are made out of 20 separate cells to withstand puncturing. You could easily say that this was the Adolf-mobile of the time.
The driver’s window bears machine-gun bullet impacts and while it is not clear how these wholes originated, stories show that a French soldier wanted to test the armoured glass. Nobody knows if the car was actually used by Adolf Hitler himself, although footage of him in this Mercedes Benz model can be found in archives. However, the German government had a number of these cars and it is not certain if this exact same model was ever paraded around by the Nazi leader.
This car was customized for Hitler to address large crowds during rallies. It has a set of rear seats that can be retracted in order to create a platform for speaking and it comes along with a handrail on the back of the driver‘s seat to allow a standing passenger to support himself while the car is moving through the crowds.
The passenger seat is placed higher than the driver’s seat and rumors say that this was made specifically due to the Fuhrer‘s short stature. Other voices say that this feature was built in to allow the driver to have more leg room.
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The car can be seen today at the Henri Malartre Museum in Lyon, France.