The billionaire – and Senate candidate – has reportedly bought a bulletproof Mercedes-Benz once owned by the most infamous dictator of the 20th century.
Controversial Australian mining magnate and Senate candidate Clive Palmer has purchased one of Adolf Hitler’s bulletproof limousines from a Russian billionaire – according to a report published by The Courier Mail.
Built in 1939, the four-door Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser Offener Tourenwagen convertible was reportedly used by the infamous German dictator for at least three years.
In 1940, the vehicle transported Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini through the streets of Berlin on an offical state visit.
Later that year, the Führer travelled in its passenger seat to a Paris victory parade following the fall of France.
The car appeared again in in the public eye again 12 months later, following invasions in Yugoslavia and Greece.
Powered by an 8.0-litre inline eight-cylinder petrol engine (178kW/390Nm) paired to a five-speed manual transmission, the Mercedes-Benz 770 had a claimed 0 to 100km/h time of 23 seconds – slow by modern standards – on the way to a top speed of approximately 190km/h.
Heavy-duty bulletproof armouring reportedly fitted to Hitler’s example at Mercedes-Benz’s Sindelfingen factory – today home to S-Class limousine production – likely made the car considerably slower.
Following Hitler’s death and the fall of Berlin in 1945, the car was reportedly shipped the United States by tobacco planter Tom Austin and has been sold at least four times since – most recently in 2017.
According to The Courier Mail, Mr Palmer bought the vehicle in recent weeks from an unnamed Russian billionaire. However, it’s unclear how much he paid for it.
Drive has contacted the the mining magnate’s office for comment, however a reply had not been received as this article was published. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
Mr Palmer is believed to have bought the Mercedes-Benz – and several other cars, including a Rolls-Royce once owned by King Edward VIII – for a planned automotive museum in Queensland.