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Airship Doplomacy...Monster Maybach Zeppelin a present from the Fuhrer.<br />
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A luxury car that Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler gifted to an Indian ruler in a failed bid to 'buy' his favour in the run-up to World War II has emerged for sale for £2.3 million.<br />
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Hitler gave the plush Maybach motor to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala in 1935, a year after he had declared himself Fuhrer of Germany.<br />
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The flamboyant Maharaja, one of the most powerful and influential people in India, had travelled to Germany and befriended Hitler during an unlikely meeting between the two in Berlin.<br />
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When the Maharajah left, Hitler shipped him a white Maybach DS8 Zeppelin, one of the most luxurious and advanced cars of its time and powered by the same 7.9-litre 12-cylinder engine used in Zeppelin airships.<br />
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Now dark blue, the rare car is being sold by Danish collector Henrik Frederiksen in a Bonhams auction of more than 50 classic motors.