Classic Car Owner Discovers He Bought "Hitler's Mercedes" Online
Seemingly innocent vehicle has a sinister past
Zenop Tuncer, owner of Euro Tech Motors in Edgewater, New Jersey got a pretty serious shock when trying to find a part for a 1942 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet D convertible. Upon calling the German automaker and checking the car's serial number, Tuncer learned that the seemingly innocent classic car had a sinister past.
"[The serial number] was a swastika with the numbers on it and then we got all the papers which said it belongs to Hitler," Tuncer told WCBS 880.
Apparently, only eight of these exact vehicles were produced and they all belonged to members of the Third Reich.
The car's owner, Fred Daibes, simply said he was shocked by the information.
Daibes had purchased the car from a collector in Ohio, who told Tuncer that his grandfather had served in WWII and had brought the car back from Germany. He may have painted the car black to sneak it aboard a military ship, CBS 2 surmised.
Further investigation with Mercedes uncovered that the car was not owned by Hitler directly, but by one of his generals.
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