N.J. - Car Shop Owner Discovers Customer’s 1942 Mercedes Was Adolf Hitler’s
A North Jersey classic car specialist discovered a 1942 Mercedes Benz in his possession has a dark and mysterious past.
Zenop Tuncer, who owns Euro Tech Motors in Edgewater, said the 1942 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet D convertible was purchased off the internet for one of his customers.
Once it arrived at the garage, Tuncer called the car maker to replace a part and learned about the car’s origin after checking the serial number.
“It was a swastika with the numbers on it and then we got all the papers which said it belongs to [Adolf] Hitler,” Tuncer told WCBS 880′s Monica Miller.
“Mercedes said, ‘We did make some of these cars but only for Hitler,’” the car’s owner, real estate developer Fred Daibes, said.
Mercedes apparently custom-made eight of the vehicles for the Third Reich.
The car’s previous owner was shocked to learn about the car’s history and told Tuncer that his grandfather had brought the convertible to the states from Germany after the war, WCBS 880′s Monica Miller reported.
Daibes said he paid roughly $175,000 for the vehicle more than a year ago and 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. “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.”