• Oct 29, 2009
Hitler's Mercedes-Benz G4 W-131 Radio Car - click above image for hi-res gallery

Got $9,000,000 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, have we got an offer for you. Not one, not two, but three Mercedes-Benz G4 W-131 six-wheelers are up for grabs. Interesting, the cars have been appraised at $3.3 million each, so $9 million is basically a million dollars off! There is one catch, however. You're going to have to forever be explaining to people why you spend nine million bucks on three of Hitler's old cars.

Yes, that Hitler. Who, despite his innumerable faults, did in fact have great taste in cars. Not only did Der Fuhrer typically ride around in the oh-so-beautiful Mercedes-Benz 540K, but he instructed Ferdinand Porsche to go on and steal the Tatra T97 from the Czechs, turning the design into the Volkswagen Beetle. When Dr. Porsche voiced his concern about a Tatra lawsuit, Hitler reassured the good doctor that he'd "settle the matter," which Hitler did by invading Czechoslovakia. Curiously, good taste in cars seems to be a trait shared with other scumbag genocidal dictators -- Idi Amin owned seven Citroen SMs!

The three Mercedes up for sale are three of eight Hitler-owned G4s, that were stashed around Deutschland at his various castles. Only fifty-seven G4 W-131s were ever made, total. Here we have a convertible parade car for Hitler and Eva Braun (blue), a luggage car that could quickly be converted into an ambulance (gray) and a radio car so Hitler could order the invasion of Yugoslavia whenever the mood struck his fancy (black). The cars have six-wheels and are quite truckish because Hitler spent a lot of time rolling through the bombed out streets of cities he'd just blitzkrieged.

The three G4 W-131s actually do have some nifty Nazi tech, like 5.0 or 5.4-liter straight eight motors shared (though not supercharged) with the aforementioned 540K, four driven rear wheels with locking diffs and self sealing tires. And both the luggage car and radio car are (probably) the only examples ever built. Furthermore, the luggage car was used in Hogan's Heroes. However, how you'd ever get past the stigma of the original owner is beyond us. Video after the jump.



[Source: World War Cars via KREM]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay Leno is a collector of automobiles and he has the nine million to pay for these Hitler cars. I'm sure Jay would love to have them for his collection.
      Margot
      • 5 Years Ago
      What? I did not understand one thing you said?
      frank356A
      • 5 Years Ago
      These are cars worth preserving, should be in museums, not collections, but collectors do help us preserve the history. The notions they should be destroyed in some symbolic gesture ignore the benefits to history of the many great sites that teach the history of World War II, whether Dachau or Nuremburg, Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, or many others..

      One of these should be in the national automobile museum's Mercedes wing. A great museum, in a little village East of Munich/Munchen. I have no idea why it is where it is located, but it is worth a visit.

      Someone should step up, buy one, and donate it. I would if I could! The museum should step up, as they are an important part of German automotive history.

      On the other hand, they are metal, wood and leather, with no responsibility for their uses. We shouldn't read too much into their significance, lest we accept geist in a physical object.

      Everyone should have to look at it and think about it...

      Regards, Frank356A, my name involving another German car design!
      Pete
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually the cars that Hitler liked were engineered by the French. The Citroen was so far ahead of the rest that Hitler had the German engineers copy thier designs. In the early 30's Citroen had aircraft type shock absorbers and rack-and-pinion steering just to mention two.
      RyanTee82
      • 10 Months Ago
      They turned out to be fakes. Modern replicas. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      No thank you, I don't care for those cars at all, I think they are quite ugly looking. I like the Hybrid that will run on Electricity that is being built here in Southern California and will sell for around $48,000. it so beautiful and will pay for itself in gasoline savings alone! I think it will be availale by 2012, can't wait!!!!
      Terrance Finlay
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would buy a 100 dollar raffle ticket for these cars.