Its history and it can be yours. The forthcoming Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Memorabilia by Bonham’s scheduled for August 14 is creating a lot of ruffle in the air. The reason? Well, it is featuring an iconic Grand Prix racing car, the 1939 Auto Union D-type racer. The car is legendary for its rear-mounted 3-liter twin-stage supercharged V12-cylinder engine. But that’s not the only reason why it is so famous. We are told that this rare vintage car was one of Hitler’s favorites.
One of the only three of its kind, this one was driven by Hans Stuck, who was a friend of Hitler’s in the 1939 Grand Prix racing season. An Auto Union race care, this 1938-39 V12 was designed to meet the benchmarks set by the international regulations governing Grand Prix racing.
The Auto Union features a D-Type chassis 19, which is one of a kind to survive a Grand Prix history to this date. No wonder, it is such a fascinating machine. Seventy years after its creation, the car will be the show stealer at the Bonham’s exhibition. The estimated sale price is $9 million.