Mercedes-Benz 770K Cabriolet de Ville

Name: Mercedes Benz 770K Cabriolet de Ville

Year Built: 1932

Driver: King Faisal 1

Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck

This magnificent 1932 Mercedes-Benz Type-770 was ordered directly from the factory in late 1931 by western-thinking King Faisal I of Iraq, who as a young man was Prince Faisal, portrayed by Alec Guinness in David Lean’s 1963 classic motion picture, Lawrence of Arabia. No sooner had Faisal acquired the car than political upheaval led to him abdicating and departing for Switzerland, at which point his son ascended the throne as King Ghazi I.  King Ghazi continued to use the car for state occasions until his death in 1939. The car then left Iraq and spent many years in Beirut, Lebanon, where it was purchased in 1967 by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman. With the car’s supercharger engaged, the massive 470-cubic-inch straight-eight engine could produce 200 horsepower.

Adoption benefits:

* One-year membership in the Borg-Warner Society (the Museum’s most esteemed group of supporters)

* A vintage photo of your adopted car

* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit

* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits

* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum

* An “I adopted” magnet of the car

* A certificate of adoption

* Invitation to the “From the Vault” members-only preview party