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Idle Torque: Beauty with ugly past
Idle Torque - Reader Lawrie Anderson spotted what was probably a Mercedes 770 model like this one, in Claremont during the mid-1950s, which he believes was used by the Third Reich during the Second World War. Supplied picture

Stories from readers about surprise car sightings in WA have continued to roll in over recent weeks, with one of the most fascinating coming from reader Lawrie Anderson.

He wrote to say he had spotted a Mercedes, probably dating from the late 1930s or early 1940s, which he later learnt had a very dark past.

"It was a Saturday morning during the mid-1950s," he wrote.

"Two school mates and I were riding our bikes in Claremont past Jim Harwood's Performance Cars, a second-hand dealership that specialised in sporting cars of various makes.

"Parked outside on the street was a big black open-topped Mercedes-Benz.

"It was immaculate and what impressed me most of all were the large headlights and chrome grille. It was also beautifully upholstered in leather throughout.

"Us lads marvelled at this car and gave it a good looking over before cycling on. I later learnt that the car was one used by the nazi Joachim von Ribbentrop when he was foreign minister in the Third Reich during the Second World War.

"This was the only sighting I had of this vehicle and I have wondered at times over the ensuing years as to where the vehicle went and who, for that matter, owns it now."

It was immaculate and what impressed me most of all were the large headlights and chrome grille.

MOTOR MOMENTS

TODAY AND TOMORROW
Hotrod & Street Machine Spectacular
Burswood Dome. See hotrodshow.com.au.
SEPTEMBER 2
Father’s Day Hotrod Show
St Patrick’s Primary School, Fremantle, 10am-4pm. Phone 0417 767 566.
Shannons 1-Day Classic rally
Perth and surrounds. See classicrally.com.au.
SEPTEMBER 8
Koorda Car Show, Koorda.
Phone 0429 080 258.
SEPTEMBER 29-30
Supercruise and Show ‘n’ Shine.
Run by the Great Southern Street Machine Association. See gssma.com.au.
SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1
Mid West Show ‘n’ Shine
Phone 0418 939 285 or see mwshowandshine.com.
OCTOBER 7
GM Muscle Car Heaven
Cannington greyhound track. Phone 0410 437 136 or see corvettesofwa.com.
Como Rotary Club Car Show
Wesley College, entry from Angelo Street.
Phone 9386 6597.