Updated: Sunday, 15 June 2014 02:00 | By Agence France-Presse

Mussolini's Alfa Romeo sold at auction

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's official car, an Alfa Romeo convertible, has fetched 180,000 euros ($240,000) at auction in France, the auctioneer said Saturday.

Mussolini's Alfa Romeo sold at auction

The Alfa Romeo logo on a 1958 Alfa Romeo Giullietta on display at the Grand Palais in Paris on the eve of an auction of luxury vintage cars, February 6, 2013 - by Bertrand Guay

An unnamed Russian museum bought the car, which needs complete restoration, at a sale in Caen-Carpiquet in northwestern France.

Originally fitted with a silver dashboard and handles, the car was custom-built in 1937 for Italian King Victor Emmanuel III before becoming Mussolini's official car, according to expert Xavier Aiolfi.

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