Nazi Wheels – 1938 Maybach SW38 Pullman

profileLong before we saw Rick Ross rolling in a Maybach (seven decades before, to be more accurate), the German firm was already famous for its super-expensive and opulent luxury motorcars. One of their grandest offerings of all was the SW38, introduced in 1936 and the last new Maybach before the outbreak of the Second World War. Available with 3.5, 3.8 or 4.2-liter straight-sixes and either as a sedan or a cabriolet, the SW38 was said to be able to reach 120 miles per hour in its quickest trim. It was one of the ultimate automotive creations not just in Germany but the world, and the timing of its introduction combined with its brilliant engineering and exclusivity made it an ideal choice for high ranking Nazi officials.

This car, located in Berlin, is an SW38 Pullman Cabriolet that is claimed to have been owned by Konstantin von Neurath, German Foreign Minister from 1932 to 1938 and Hitler’s personal representative in occupied Bohemia and Moravia from 1939 to 1943. This is a 4.2-liter example and represented as one of ten built and one of very few remaining. Other than a copy and paste from Neurath’s Wikipedia page and some point-and-shoot photos, the seller doesn’t provide much, especially when you look at the asking price. $5 million is a lot for a car by anybody’s definition, but then again another SW38 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction way back in 1999 for over $6 million. If this car’s authenticity checks out it could be quite a find, although eBay just seems like an odd place to be peddling an ex-Nazi politician’s car for well over seven figures.

Check out the 1938 Maybach SW38 Pullman here on eBay, where the “Buy It Now” price is set at $5,000,000 and open to offers.

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  1. This Maybach is for sale by auction on spetember 6, 2014 in Wuerzburg / Germany. It is owned by my clients since 1978 who restored it between 1978 – 1990 and than drove it for only 74000 km. The car was really purchased by von Neurath and he also used it.

    The owner is an old man who gave me the order to sell it by auction in Germany with some other unique Rolls Royce and Bentley cars.

    The price to start is under 1.000.000 US to the highest bidder.

    • Karl Stroessner says:

      Maybach SW 1938 Cabriolet

      Recently we went through papers of our inheritance from our father. We have extensive documents regarding the 1938 SW Cabriolet Maybach automobile that he ordered and purchased in 1938 in Bavaria, Germany.
      We have all correspondence between the company, dealers and our father the purchaser.
      We have samples of the upholstery and roof along with drawings including sketches and brochures regarding this car. The condition of the documents is perfect without any tears or creases. We would like to know if you would be interested in a purchase of these rare documents.
      We would also like to find a way to contact someone that may know more information about this particular car. We have specific numbers that would identify this model. If it is part of the last 152 in existence, the owner may want to have these documents to complete the collection.

      We look forward to your response.
      Thank you,
      Karl Stroessner

  2. staffan w says:

    Hi my name is Staffan I´m from Sweden and I have a question
    (http://www.return2style.de/duesenberg/mbmay/amimbmay.htm) “In 1938 Maybach offered a 7-speed gear box in conjunction with a 6-cylinder engine.”
    A friend to me is the owner to one of them, it has never been runing. It is like brandnew from the factory
    It was supposed to be istalled into a boat, but that never happened.
    The engine + the gear box has been stored in his garage for at least 55-60 years ( I think ? )
    And now the question. Is this of any interest to anyone ?

    hope for an answer. Staffan

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