Goering's car
Goering's car before its capture by American troops. Photo by Screenshot
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A car that was once owned by Nazi leader Hermann Goering will be auctioned on eBay next week by a car dealer based in Boca Raton, Florida. 

The 1941 Mercedes Benz 540K was unearthed last year in a North Carolina garage and subsequently acquired by High Velocity Classics.

The car, which was specially commissioned by Goering in 1940, had a variety of unusual features, including a supercharged V-8 engine, a short wave radio for long-distance communications, sirens, a special chassis supporting a raised rear seat and a parade stand.

The history of the car is meticulously documented, from the time it was commissioned by Goering to its capture outside Hitler’s Berghof home during the final days of World War II and its care in the hands of a North Carolina car collector for the past 60 years.

The car, a 1941 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B, was the last of its kind to be built. It is one of a tiny group of cars commissioned by the inner circle of high Nazi command, High Velocity Classics said in a press release. The car still contains all its original parts. 

The car was parked outside Hitler’s mountain home in Berchtesgaden, Germany on May 4, 1945 when the United States’ 7th Infantry invaded the area. It served as the personal staff vehicle of Colonel John Heintges, commander of the 7th Infantry, before being shipped to America.

Goering was second only to Hitler in the Nazi hierarchy until the last weeks of the war, with the titles of Reichsmarshall and head of the German Air Force.