Up for auction: one of Hitler’s favourite race cars

Published on May 31st, 2009 | by Admin


The Auto Union D-type racer is one of the rarest vintage cars in the world, and one of Hitler’s favourites. Now you can own it…for nearly $9 million.

When the Red Army overran Berlin at the end of the war, all Silver Arrows cars were immediately shipped back to the NAMI motor research institute in Moscow to be reverse-engineered: a brutal process that destroyed almost all of them, one being chopped in half to serve as a trailer for an apparatchik’s car.

Nobody knew this chassis – number 19 – had survived, until American car enthusiast Paul Karassik tracked it down, adding an original engine from a separate D-type carcass and handing it over to British Silver Arrow specialists Crosthwaite and Gardiner to restore to its original form.

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