Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Apr 3, 2019 | On Show

The Mercedes-Benz 500K was introduced to the public at the Berlin Auto Show in 1934. The car was the work of Hans Nibel, who succeeded Ferdinand Porsche as the Technical Director of Mercedes-Benz in 1929, following Porsche’s departure from the company. Nibel was responsible for many of the supercharged road-going Mercedes of the 1930s, as well as the Silver Arrow Grand Prix cars. This particular example was gifted to Rudolf Hess by Adolf Hitler in celebration of Hess’ appointment to the post of Reich Minister. Link Milshark, an American G.I. from West Virginia, bought the car from a junkyard in Germany and shipped it to the United States. Upon its arrival, Link drove the car from the Port of New York to his home in West Virginia. The car had been relegated to a barn for the last five decades, until it was recently acquired by collector Mark Smith, who displayed the car at Amelia Island in as-found condition.   

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