Join us for our talk on «The Devil’s Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler’s Limousine in America» with Robert Klara.
Not many weeks pass before a visitor to the Museum mentions their personal interaction with this Mercedes Benz 770k. Do you remember it from years past? Come and learn the sordid relationship between this beast and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and what ultimately became of it!
In 1938, Mercedes-Benz began production of the largest, most luxurious limousine in the world. A machine of frightening power and sinister beauty, the Grosser 770K Model 150 Offener Tourenwagen was twenty feet long, seven feet wide, and tipped the scales at five tons. Its supercharged 230 horsepower engine propelled the beast to speeds of more than 100 mph while its occupants reclined on glove-leather seats stuffed with goose down. Armored plated and equipped with hidden compartments for Luger pistols, the 770K was a sumptuous monster with a horrific patron: Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Listen as author Robert Klara uncovers the forgotten story of how Americans responded to these rolling relics of fascism on their soil. The limousines made headlines, drew crowds, made fortunes, and ruined lives.
— Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm for all events.
— About the Community Speakers Series:
Larz and Isabel Anderson made various provisions to ensure that their beautiful estate in Brookline would be a resource and benefit to the surrounding community. In addition to hosting dignitaries, the Andersons used their home as a cultural center, hosting plays for children of the town, dog shows, birthday parties, charity functions, and ice skating on the pond in the winter, as well as playing host to informal lawn gatherings of likeminded early automobile enthusiasts, at the dawn of the motor age. Decades after their passing, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum continues the Anderson’s enduring legacy by opening our doors to the public for our Community History Speakers Series. Designed to create a community-wide conversation about history in our area, the topics range from architecture, textiles, American history in Brookline, and of course, the Andersons themselves.