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1933-1939 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser


The 1938-1940 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser was the titanic successor to the original Grosser, built largely for the greater glory of the Third Reich. It was heavier and more ostentatious, with a slightly more powerful version of the previous straight eight. The 770 Grosser was more up to date, with oval-tube chassis, coil-spring independent front suspension, and de Dion rear suspension. As with the earlier model, production was strictly to special order. Predictably, most were reserved for Adolf Hitler and his cronies and had gargantuan bodies with armor plating.

Pluses of the 1938-1940 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser:

  • Rarity
  • Presence
  • More modern styling, engineering
  • Most of Mercedes-Benz's best in this period
  • CCCA Classic status

Minuses of the 1938-1940 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser:

  • As big and heavy as they come -- and as impractical
  • No parts for restoration
  • Amazingly expensive to buy and own
  • Little to excite the enthusiast

Production of the 1938-1940 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser:
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Specifications of the 1938-1940 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser:
Wheelbase, inches: 155.0
Length, inches: 246.0
Weight, pounds: 7,600-8,100
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1938-1940 Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Grosser:

TypeSize Horsepower Years
ohv I-8 7,655 cc (467 cid) 155/230 1938-1940

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