Looking for info about Gen. Burkhalter's staff car - Maybach Zeppelin

Googled until my eyes fell out. The only scraps I came up with is despite the Mercedes hood ornament, the tandem twin rear-axle touring cabriolet used
in the "Hogan's Heroes" series was in fact a Maybach Zeppelin.
Looking for references, web or books. Anybody know what particular designation the car would have had - might help me sharpen my search parameters a bit.
And of course the all important old timer's question - did they ever promo/kit/toy/diecast Burkhalter's car?
TIA
WmB
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I know nothing!!
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Jolly Joker... go count your money. ;-)
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Send him to the Russian Front!!!
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HOOOOGAN.......! ! !
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I will go to the Russian front only if I can take Heidi and Helga with me to keep me warm (:>
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May not be much help, or possibly a new angle, but Maybach was known for high-revving diesel engines. The original engines in the Kraus Mafei diesel hydraulic locomotives imported to the US were Maybachs. They also were found on Zeppelin airships.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
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snipped-for-privacy@verizon.net (Mad Modeller) wrote in

Yes, but Maybach also produced high-end luxury cars in the ca. 1920-1940 timeframe. The Maybach Zeppelin DS8 was a rival to the Mercedes 770 and Rolls-Royces of the time.
The Zeppelin normally didn't have six wheels.
Mercedes did build a six-wheeler: <http://www.seriouswheels.com/top-1939-Mercedes-Benz-G4-Offroader.htm which has been made into a 1/35 resin model (sorry, don't know who did it. Try finding 'Mercedes G4 31' on eBay)
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Thanks, the G4 W31 lead is already paying off dividends:
General info:
http://www.aztexcorp.com/expressionengine/index.php/vehiclepreservation http://www.gizmag.com/go/3663 / http://mafiascene.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-5201 http://www.motorsportsblog.com/archives/2005/02/fully_operation.php
and a possible model candidate:
PLUS MODEL: Czech resin kit range had a new Mercedes-Benz G4 six wheel vehicle 1936.
That's more than I had before. When I first started looking for info on the General's car last year I thought I'd gopher up a decent amount of info about it. To me it's one of the more unique and recognizable TV cars of all time. The only info I came across pointed out that it was a Maybach made up to look like a Mercedes. That in itself raised questions as the Maybach is generally regarded as one of the finer big V-12 luxury touring models of its era. Why would they want to do that aside from the instant brand recognition among a large American audience with the Mercedes emblem? Well, only 57 examples of the Mercedes are known to exist and it looks like only one has survived in good shape - so that would be the reason why.
I do wonder if Desilu's prop dept converted the car or if it came to them from another source. Somewhere out there is an obscure magazine article or ex-Desilu employee with the asnwer. In the meantime, much thanks. I should be able to piece together enough parts to modify a Mercedes G4 into a Maybach - standing in for a Mercedes ;-)
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I saw that info, but didn't really believe it. Only ~1800 Maybachs were ever made, about 10% of which survive today. Zeppelins change hands for $1M and more. OTOH, if you look at what was done with some Maybachs in the postwar years: <http://www.maybach.de/provisorien.htm one might have ended up in drag...
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wrote:

Ya know what? Armed with those pics of the Mercedes G4 and freeze framing some shots of the Hogan's Heroes car on the PC in comparison - and I arrive at the conclusion that the guy that posted the info that the car is a Maybach was as wrong as wrong gets. Everything about the Hogan car looks like the G4 Merecedes - the shape of the front door, the vent outlines in the hood, the rear fender ribs, etc. - are all present on both the Hogan car and the real Mercedes.
And yet I can't find a single Maybach model that looks like a suitable jumping off point for a Mercedes conversion. Not to say it isn't out there, but by all indications it appears the Hogan staff car is either a real Mercedes or one helluva a good piece of customizing. Which means my path to duplicating the TV is at least a little more straightforward than it first appeared.
I just need to find a G4 W31 kit or enough information to scratch build something. The latter would be a long... long... long term project, but if I had to choose a car type to attempt it with, it would probably be the old bathtub style bodied coaches and cabriolets of the 1930s.
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