The Goering Volkswagen?

By: Andy Enright

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Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband, founder of West Coast Choppers, collector of Nazi memorabilia and fighting dog breeder Jesse James is selling the pride of his car collection, an ultra-rare 1944 Volkswagen/KDF Type 82e

The paperwork supplied with the car suggests that this was Luftwaffe head honcho Hermann Goering’s car, although it’s unlikely the corpulent Nazi ever travelled a klick in the thing, instead ordering them through his office for commanders in the field.

And no, it’s not ‘just’ an old Beetle. The Type 82eis derived from the wartime Kubelwagen. While mechanically related to the stock KDF (Type 60), the Kubelwagen got a portal axle at the back end to afford some additional ride height, allow for the fitment of more rugged tyres and also a low-ratio gearbox. Designed to transport officers around the battlefield, only 669 Type 82e models were built before Germany capitulated, with production being taken up by the British, who modified and improved the car with the fitment of a trick roller on the front bumper to help the car clamber over obstacles.

James claims that the car is 90 percent original with 100 percent original paint, with matching numbers and an original transmission. And the price? Well if you have a cool A$680,000 knocking about and fancy a car with an ‘interesting’ history, just click ‘Buy It Now’.



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