But first he needed a car for himself to get round to meetings more quickly. Hepicked up one vehicle which looked like a dismantled horse-cab without a top,but soon exchanged this for a Selve car, with funds he had drummed up in amysterious way from someone. It was a rattling monster and each end looked asif it was going different ways, but he seemed to think it conferred additional dig-nity on him and from that time on I do not think I ever saw him take a tram orbus again.
By the time Hitler made his first abortive grab for power, the “beer hallputsch” of November 1923, he was riding in a bright-red Benz.
isthe operative word. In the more than million and a half miles Hitler wassaid to have covered on the road as politician and dictator he was driven byhis chauffeur Emil Maurice, who was succeeded by Julius Schreck andthen Erich Kempka. In April 1945, Kempka would bring to the Chancellerygarden the forty gallons of gasoline that hastened the incineration of thecorpses of Hitler and his wife.
ADOLF HITLER WAS PERSUADED that enhanced motorization shouldbe a major goal of the administration that began with his appointment asGermany’s chancellor on Monday, 30 January 1933.
Only a few days later inhis speech at the opening of the Berlin Auto Show on Saturday, 11 February,“he set out the guidelines of a mass mobilization of Germany: tax abate-ments for car buyers, the building of the Autobahns, repeal of obligatorydriving school, and encouragement of motorsport.”
Although Adolf Hitler often rode in Mercedes-Benz cars, as here at the opening of a new section of Autobahn, he was enthusiastic about cars in general and partic-ularly liked the advanced autos made by Tatra.