Notorious Nazi’s Car in North Carolina

This post first appeared on The Times of Israel.

Göring's 1941 Mercedes Benz before it was captured by the Allies. (Courtesy of Steven Saffer)

Göring’s 1941 Mercedes Benz before it was captured by the Allies. (Courtesy of Steven Saffer)

Notorious Nazi Hermann Göring came to the end of the road in 1946, committing suicide right before he was to be hanged for crimes against humanity. But his specially designed car, a 1941 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B, traveled on — all the way to North Carolina, where it was recently discovered.

The vehicle, now owned and being restored by High Velocity Classics of Pompano Beach, Florida, is considered a trophy celebrating the Allied victory in Europe. The US Army’s 7th Infantry captured the car at Hitler’s villa at Berchtesgaden on the last day of the war in May 1945. After it was painted OD Green with the Army star on the hood, it became the personal vehicle of Colonel John A. Heintges, the 7th Infantry commander. Toward the end of the US occupation of Germany, the car was sold as surplus to a US Army staff sergeant who had it shipped to Texas. A few years later, he sold the Mercedes to North Carolina resident Richard Taylor.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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