For a while now, Himmler’s has been on the market for a whopping €500.000, it is in pristine condition and a real looker but it seems to be that the history of the car might be too big a burden for most interested buyers.
Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust.
He was known to have good organisational skills and for selecting highly competent subordinates. From 1943 onwards, he was both Chief of German Police and Minister of the Interior, overseeing all internal and external police and security forces, including the Gestapo (Secret State Police).
On Hitler’s behalf, Himmler formed the Einsatzgruppen and built extermination camps. As facilitator and overseer of the concentration camps, Himmler directed the killing of some six million Jews, between 200,000 and 500,000 Romani people, and other victims; the total number of civilians killed by the regime is estimated at eleven to fourteen million people. Most of them were Polish and Soviet citizens.
The vehicle was first used by the “Leibstandarte SS – Adolf Hitler” and was then handed over to the personal staff of “Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler.” He was the last owner of the vehicle during the Second World War and in January 1945 when Himmler was appointed as commander of Army Group Vistula, the car took part in the Russian campaign.
After the war, the car was shipped to Russia where it was displayed in a museum in Riga until 1991. When the museum went bankrupt, the vehicle was moved yet again, and now it is in the warehouse of vintage car dealer Michael Fröhlich.
Fröhlich has been operating an Oldtimer Agency in Germany for over 40 years. He specializes in “Fantastic Vehicles” and has sold a multitude of celebrity vehicles, including the Rolls-Royce of the King of Marocco.
The car is not a replica but an original which is still in very good, and partially restored condition. WWII historians have confirmed that this is the car used by Himmler to oversee the mass murder of millions.
The Wanderer W11/1 four-seater, 65 horsepower, 6-cylinder with 63,000km on the clock is now being offered for sale by vintage car dealer Michael Fröhlich. His Oldtimer Agency has been running for 40 years in Germany. He has previously sold the Rolls-Royce of the Moroccan king and a host of vehicles owned by celebrities.
Over 5,500 Wanderer W11’s were built between 1933 and 1941, most were used for towing light artillery pieces like the 37mm anti-tank gun. It’s got a 4-speed gearbox driving the rear wheels and weighs 1780 kg. The official designation was Car, Medium, 4×2 Kfz. 12.
More pictures:Close up of the drivers console
Another shot of Himmler in his Wanderer watching a parade of bicycle troops in Russia. Note the suitcases stacked on the rear of the vehicle.
This is where Himmler would have been seated
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- “Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Bueschel-009-16, Russland, Himmler bei Parade” by Bundesarchiv, Bild 101III-Bueschel-009-16 / Büschel / CC-BY-SA 3.0. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons.
- “Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Weill-056-08, Metz, Heinrich Himmler” by Bundesarchiv, Bild 101III-Weill-056-08 / Weill / CC-BY-SA 3.0. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons.
- “Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Bueschel-009-27, Himmler bei Besichtigung, Radfahrerabteilung” by Bundesarchiv, Bild 101III-Bueschel-009-27 / Büschel / CC-BY-SA 3.0. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons.