Did Hitler ever drive ?

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Vitesse » 16 Apr 2012 10:19

marcel.nl wrote:The Himmler picture shows a car with the steering wheel on the right side!

Yours Marcel
Pre-war luxury cars like Grosser Mercedes, Horch, Alfa Romeos, Delahayes, Bugattis and even the ultimate - the Bugatti Royale - were often built RHD only, even if the country drove on the right. Most two-seater competition cars were - and still are - RHD as well, since virtually all road race tracks are run clockwise: this enables the driver to hit the apex of a bend more easily, taking the most efficient route.

As big limousines tend to be low-geared in order to "proceed in a stately fashion" they seldom overtake anything on the open road and there are several advantages to the driver of a limousine being close to the kerb. For example it makes accurate parking easier and after stopping the chauffeur can immediately get out to open doors for passengers who can step straight onto the pavement.

Also, in the days before Alpine tunnels, RHD trucks were used on the narrow twisting roads over the passes: going up the driver was close to the rock face and going down he could easily judge the distance to the edge of a precipice!

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 21 Apr 2012 17:29

AH staff car link: Nice site.

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 01 Jun 2012 21:53

I don't know if this information applies to this thread, but I'm posting it here anyway. If the Moderator thinks it should be under another subject—please also post it there.

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I came across this the other day and thought my Forum Friends would like to see this.

Ps: I'm posting it in two postings because of the image limitations per posting.[/size]

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 01 Jun 2012 22:02

Second posting on the Hitler purchase agreement. The first posting is below this one.
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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 10 Jul 2012 16:44

Is this Hitler's Mercedes? Auto dealer's shock at discovering vintage car he bought from eBay was built for Nazi officers
By HUGO GYE

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... icers.html

When a New Jersey auto dealer called up Mercedes to order parts for a vintage car he was repairing, they asked for the vehicle's serial number.
Zenop Tuncer was shocked to hear the company reply: 'That's Hitler's car.'
The 1942 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet D was part of a fleet built for senior officers of the Third Reich during the Second World War.
While the model which ended up being repaired in Edgewater, New Jersey was probably not flashy enough to be driven by the Führer himself, it is likely to have belonged to one of his generals.

Sinister: This 1942 Mercedes was originally made on the request of Germany's Nazi government

Unique: While it may not have been used by Hitler himself, this car probably belonged to a senior general
Mr Tuncer found the car while searching on eBay on behalf of a customer, property developer Fred Daibes, according to the New York Times.
Mr Daibes bought it for around $180,000 - but when he saw the unusual four-door convertible, he assumed it must be a fake.

More...
Gangster ride: Capone's Cadillac complete with steel armour, bulletproof glass and painted like an old Chicago police car go on sale for £325,000
However, Mercedes confirmed that the bizarre car was genuine, and was one of just eight made specially for Nazi officials.
The best-known of the modified Mercedes 320s was one driven by Gestapo chief Reinhard Heydrich, which was written off after being struck by a bomb during a failed assassination attempt.

Good condition: The vintage vehicle survived World War II and being brought across the Atlantic to the U.S.

Führer: Adolf Hitler in his own Mercedes 770, a more luxurious model than the one pictured above
An expert from Mercedes' headquarters in Germany said that the car would almost certainly not have been used by Hitler, who drove a 'top of the line' Mercedes 770.
Nonetheless, according to Mr Tuncer, the vehicle still shows signs of its disquieting origins - a patch on the fender was apparently an attempt to remove the Nazi flag from the car.
The sinister Mercedes made its way to New Jersey via Chicago thanks to an enterprising American sailor, according to Mr Daibes.

Chance find: Auto dealer Zenop Tuncer, pictured, bought the car on eBay without knowing its origins
The Navy veteran apparently painted the car black to enable him to smuggle it across the Atlantic. He then kept it in his basement for decades before his grandson sold it to Mr Daibes.
The vehicle still runs well, though its engine generates jsut 80 horsepower, with a top speed of no more than 80mph.
Its new owner has already turned down an offer of $1.5million for his unique Mercedes - and says he plans to hang on to the extraordinary find.
Read more:
New York Times: Hitler Drove This Mercedes. Or Did He?


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z20EcRNQSb
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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 29 Apr 2013 18:37

I have never seen an image of Hitler driving or even behind the wheel of a car.

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by von thoma » 05 May 2013 22:37

I have never seen an image of Hitler driving or even behind the wheel of a car.
Yes, Hitler was always dependent on their several chauffeurs,in each stage.
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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Annelie » 05 May 2013 22:51

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zei ... 62876.html

According to this article Hitler had no driving license?

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 10 May 2013 12:52

I've never have seen an image of Hitler behind the wheel of a car. But I just happen to come across an image of H. Himmler behind the wheel.

It's not AH—but still a rare image of HH.

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Annelie » 10 May 2013 14:26

Since Hitler was all about image, having a chauffeur and being driven around
as privileged fit in.

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Nautilus » 10 May 2013 22:07

The first of the "small Dixi" cars (future BMW Dixi) rolled out of the factory in 1927, so our chicken farmer could not drive one in 1924 unless he had a time machine.

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by bronk7 » 11 May 2013 03:36

interesting question!

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Re: Did Hitler ever drive ?

Post by Johnnyrocket » 12 Jun 2013 02:27

Circa probably late 20's early 30's

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