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New Jersey car buyer finds out his Mercedes-Benz used to belong to Adolf Hitler
CBS News ^ | 7-9-12 | Michelle Castillo

Posted on 07/09/2012 1:55:34 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

(CBS News) EDGEWATER, N.J. - An auto repair shop owner was shocked to find out that a Mercedez-Benz he purchased for a customer used to belong to Adolf Hitler.

"He was surprised," Zenop Tuncer, owner of Euro Tech Motors, told CBS News. "We were all surprised!"

Tuncer, whose shop specializes in classic cars, got a request from real estate developer Fred Daibes that he wanted a Mercedes-Benz 540K. However Tuncer could only procure a 1942 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet D convertible, which Daibes agreed to buy.

Tuncer said he should have been tipped off because the car looked like a military car.

"The color is a flat black, and there are patches covering what would have been a place for the flag post and the siren," he explained. It's definitely for a general."

The car needed some parts, so Tuncer contacted Mercedes-Benz with the serial number. He was surprised when the company told him to look at the serial number again and see if there was an eagle with a swastika next to it. Tuncer found the swastika, which he said was so small he missed it at first. Then, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the car belonged to the Nazi leader.

According to CBS station WCBS in New York, Mercedes-Benz custom made eight of the vehicles for the Nazis.

The original owner did not know the car's history. and said that his grandfather brought the vehicle to the United States from Germany after the war, WCBS reported. Daibes said he paid $175,000 for the car a year ago, and has recently turned down an offer of $1.5 million.

"It's Hitler's car, he's a devil, but you know, he's still part of history," Daibes said to WCBS. "From a financial point of view the car is worth more money than when I paid for it so that's the only way I look at it."

Tuncer agreed, adding that he would keep the car as well.

"I would not touch the car," Tuncer stated. "I would keep it the original way. It has a story on it."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: automakers; classiccar; collector; hitler; mercedes; nazi; nazis
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Zenop Tuncer, owner of Euro Tech Motors, stands next to the Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet D convertible, which was previously owned by Adolf Hitler. (WCBS)

The serial number had a small eagle on top of a swastika, indicating it had been made for the Nazis. (Credit: WCBS)

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I would sell this relic immediately at a fire sale price. Or, I'd donate it to charity. I would not want to own such a memory.

1 posted on 07/09/2012 1:55:45 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’d sell it and promptly tithe on the profit.


2 posted on 07/09/2012 2:01:11 PM PDT by Bizhvywt
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Anyone seen Rat Race? "THIS is Hitler's car!!"
3 posted on 07/09/2012 2:02:02 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
"It's Hitler's car, he's a devil,..."

HELP! The devil's in my car.
HELP! The devil's in my car.
HELP! The devil's in my car...

4 posted on 07/09/2012 2:02:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A certain someone might want to use it in his campaign this fall...


5 posted on 07/09/2012 2:03:41 PM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

My thoughts exactly!
Rat Race is on my list!


6 posted on 07/09/2012 2:05:16 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’d do a top-down original restore. Then auction. Belongs in a museum.


7 posted on 07/09/2012 2:07:00 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

I was just about to post this. This was probably the funniest scene in that movie, especially when he drove the car through the wall at the veteran’s convention.


8 posted on 07/09/2012 2:07:00 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thought this was going to be a reverse of those ‘Hitler finds out .....’ vids.


9 posted on 07/09/2012 2:07:31 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thought this was going to be a reverse of those ‘Hitler finds out .....’ vids.


10 posted on 07/09/2012 2:07:58 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: afraidfortherepublic

At least it is not an evil SUV...


11 posted on 07/09/2012 2:08:33 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He should sell it to a cab company so people could “Heil” a cab.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 2:09:48 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I would sell this relic immediately at a fire sale price.

He's been offered $1.5 million. Would that qualify as a fire sale price?

13 posted on 07/09/2012 2:09:48 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

—The original owner did not know the car’s history.—

That’s because he died. In Berlin. In a bunker.


14 posted on 07/09/2012 2:12:30 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m waiting for the video of Hitler in the bunker having a tantrum when he finds out that some guy in New Jersey is going to get his Mercedes.


15 posted on 07/09/2012 2:12:49 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I would put it up for auction. Heck, I could use the money.

Some history buff or Nazi-lover would probably bid high for the vehicle. I would DEFINITELY inspect the trunk first!

16 posted on 07/09/2012 2:13:28 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wait wasn’t that a scene in the movie Rat Race.


17 posted on 07/09/2012 2:14:37 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
I’m waiting for the video of Hitler in the bunker having a tantrum when he finds out that some guy in New Jersey is going to get his Mercedes.

"New Jersey?? My car might wind up in the hands of an Italian and I CAN'T STAND those Italians!!!"

18 posted on 07/09/2012 2:17:30 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

...or was it John Voight?...............


19 posted on 07/09/2012 2:18:23 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wonder if the new owner is Jewish? This car does belong in a museum or at the Eagle’s Nest next to the house.


20 posted on 07/09/2012 2:22:27 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

It was Klaus Barbies’ car................


21 posted on 07/09/2012 2:22:52 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’d be too much of a history geek not to keep it. Yes, Hitler was a monster, worthy of every evil accolade we can throw at him, but he’s still the man who started the single biggest war to date in human history. Same for Ghengis Khan’s saddle, Stalin’s backscratcher, etc.

BUT, I could think of things to do with it that I could imagine pissing Hitler off in Hell. I’m thinking Tuesdays would be “offer free rides to seniors at the Jewish center” day...set up a route to local Delis and Synogouges.


22 posted on 07/09/2012 2:23:15 PM PDT by SoCalTransplant (Honey badger's level of concern is negligible.)
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To: SoCalTransplant
BUT, I could think of things to do with it that I could imagine pissing Hitler off in Hell

Perform a ritual circumcision on the car's tailpipe
23 posted on 07/09/2012 2:30:04 PM PDT by zencycler
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

It would be even more /ironic if the current owner had(s) Jewish ancestry.


24 posted on 07/09/2012 2:30:32 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: zencycler

good one, but I’m trying to think of things that wouldn’t structurally change the car. Maybe fill the radiator with Manischevitz wine


25 posted on 07/09/2012 2:34:50 PM PDT by SoCalTransplant (Honey badger's level of concern is negligible.)
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To: SoCalTransplant
BUT, I could think of things to do with it that I could imagine pissing Hitler off in Hell.

Drag-race it against a Citroen 2CV - and *lose*.

26 posted on 07/09/2012 2:35:46 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Right Wing Assault

I know Fred, he is doing this to market the car...


27 posted on 07/09/2012 2:38:42 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: Rumplemeyer
I know Fred, he is doing this to market the car...

Successfully, I might add!

28 posted on 07/09/2012 2:46:12 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1265 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Another story - not Hitler’s car.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/hitler-drove-this-mercedes-or-did-he/


29 posted on 07/09/2012 2:47:11 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Next a Seinfeld episode where George trades in John Voight’s car in order to by Adolph Hittler’s


30 posted on 07/09/2012 2:47:31 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I would check for items under the seats


31 posted on 07/09/2012 2:50:02 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Adolph Hitler......the dentist?


32 posted on 07/09/2012 2:51:50 PM PDT by bigcat32
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To: PeteB570

So, the uphostery killed the car’s owner? Is that what I just read?


33 posted on 07/09/2012 2:53:23 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Like a TODO list or something:

1. Make sure army has cold weather gear.
2. Invade Russia.

With a check mark next to #2 and none by #1.


34 posted on 07/09/2012 2:55:15 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What ultimately tied it to the infamous Adolf? It’s clearly Nazi, but who kept records that it was Hitler’s own buggy?

No matter what Nazi owned it, of course, it was owned by someone part of that evil. If I believed in ghosts haunting cars (which I don’t), I’d wonder about about 6 million Jewish spirits. It will be interesting to see if calamity follows the owners. One might as well be glad, of course, that it’s now owned by somebody more decent than Adolf Hitler.


35 posted on 07/09/2012 2:57:31 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hitler finds out his car ends up in New Jersey. Soon to be on You tube?


36 posted on 07/09/2012 3:02:14 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Yeah, I had to read that a couple of times slowly.

He jumped out, shot at the guys and died in bed a week later after a visit from one of Hitler's henchmen.

At first I thought Hitler had him killed? For what? And then the throwaway line about the upholstery. Man, wonder what had been happening on those seats.

37 posted on 07/09/2012 3:02:28 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hitler’s sailboat was moored on Miami River back in the 60s. Wonder what happened to it?


38 posted on 07/09/2012 3:09:23 PM PDT by ryderann
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The original owner did not know the car's history. and said that his grandfather brought the vehicle to the United States

Seems to me "original" does not mean what the writer beleives it does.

39 posted on 07/09/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: OrangeHoof

I would keep it, grow a mustache and comb my hair over my forehead.


40 posted on 07/09/2012 3:27:58 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: davisfh

You mean Adolph HILTER?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlmGknvr_Pg


41 posted on 07/09/2012 3:39:17 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Is this the car?

42 posted on 07/09/2012 3:55:38 PM PDT by BRL
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To: G Larry
A certain someone might want to use it in his campaign this fall...



43 posted on 07/09/2012 4:16:25 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I know nothing about Mercedes-Benz models, but I'm watching the series "Hitler's Bodyguards" and in the second episode I viewed last night, the narrator said that the six-wheel Mercedes-Benz W-31 G4 type, was a popular model used by Hitler. He always rode in the front passenger seat with the driver through a parade route.

This Wikipedia page shows one:

W31

The page also reports:

"In 2009 in the U.S., a classic car collector offered three W31s for sale for $9 million. With unproven claims of use by Adolf Hitler, they included a blue convertible and a grey Wehrmacht W 31 with a closed cab. A special feature of the convertible was that the front passenger seat could be folded up, so it was possible to stand upright in the car."

The fact that the blue convertible had a front seat that folded up for standing may be proof that it was a car actually used by Hitler.

44 posted on 07/09/2012 4:33:49 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: lone star annie

Ever been there?


45 posted on 07/09/2012 4:37:17 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now, or something.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Reinhard Heydrich was in one of these cars when he

was attacked and later died

Good riddance for a not very nice guy


46 posted on 07/09/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I seem to recall that some of Hitler’s family were living in New Jersey. They were children of Alois Hitler’s (Adolf’s half brother) son William Patrick, who came to the US before the war started.


47 posted on 07/09/2012 5:41:02 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Charles Martel

LOL, or have it surrender to the citroen before the race starts.


48 posted on 07/09/2012 7:00:12 PM PDT by SoCalTransplant (Honey badger's level of concern is negligible.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“On this episode of Pawn Stars...”


49 posted on 07/09/2012 7:05:46 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: beethovenfan

Very funny. Great that we can laugh and make fun of things that might have ended entirely differently, isn’t it?


50 posted on 07/09/2012 9:40:20 PM PDT by davisfh
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