After its post-war recovery was finally over, Mercedes found demand for an exclusive, high-end luxury limousine to take on the very best from Cadillac and Rolls-Royce. The resulting W100, known as the Mercedes-Benz 600-series, was one of the most technically sophisticated and meticulously engineered cars of its day, and even now many of its design features are thoroughly impressive and fascinating. It featured unibody construction, Bosch fuel injection for its powerful 6.3-liter V-8, self-leveling air suspension, and an options list that was as extensive as the imagination or the budget of the buyer. All of the 600’s power features, and there were many, were also controlled by a complex hydraulic system that ran on mineral oil. As a result, it was also one of the most expensive and exclusive cars on the road. The typical Mercedes-Benz 600 owner was a head of state, actor, famous musician or other person of importance. In fact, the very image of the car itself has become a symbol of prestige. Even though Mercedes-Benz built the 600 for almost two decades from 1963 to 1981, only just over 2,000 of them were produced, including short wheelbase sedans, long wheelbase Pullmans, six-door Pullman limousines and Landaulets. Due to their complexity, though, many 600s have either not survived or have needs that are both numerous and expensive. A sound, consistently maintained example is therefore ideal. This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 is a short wheelbase model that is in the kind of fantastic, fastidiously maintained condition that is reassuring to current 600 owners. Finished in a distinctive red done at great expense over a black leather interior, it has a sunroof, new narrow whitewall tires, new battery, a Becker Grand Prix radio, blackout privacy curtains in the rear, and a mini bar in the center console that still contains a set of shot glasses and cocktail shaker. It also comes with its tool roll and a set of spare keys. The paint, chrome, upholstery, wood and carpets are all in gorgeous condition and the car is just as distinctive as it’s ever been, perhaps even more so with its bright red paint since most 600s are finished in more reserved grays or blacks. Just as important as this car’s lovely presentation is its mechanical condition. Because of its extreme sophistication, more than a few 600s have suffered from the deferred maintenance and neglect of well-meaning owners who just couldn’t afford to service them. Not so with this car. All of the numerous hydraulics are in fine working condition, as is the advanced self-leveling suspension. Mechanically, it is sorted and ready to use. This is the kind of example that is ideal for someone who wants a 600 to use regularly out on the road and enjoy the comfort, performance and engineering grandeur for which these cars are legendary.
This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB LHD is a very original car for straightforward restoration. Black with white velour interior. It comes complete except for it's AC compressor. The engine turns freely and it was last running a year ago. The air suspension also pumped up and held pressure. Interior upholstery usable with cleaning. A great buy at just $42,500.
The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this stunning 1972 Mercedes 600 sedan. Beautifully engineered and constructed, the 600 was highly exclusive and astronomically expensive (At well over $32,000 when new in 1972 the 600 was the most expensive car in the world), and found a distinguished clientele that included diplomats, captains of industry, and stars. Many famous individuals have owned 600s including Coco Chanel, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Aristotle Onassis, Jack Nicholson, and Bob Jane. The cars diplomatic bent has also meant that many political figures, many of them communist ironically enough, have owned 600s over the years. Included among these are Emperor Hirohito, Idi Amin, Jomo Kenyatta, Nicolae Ceauşescu, Leonid Brezhnev, Enver Hoxha, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, Josip Broz Tito, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Il Sung. This particular example is truly outstanding, with a massive stack of records to indicate the attentive care and upgrades it received. A well optioned two-toned car with mostly original DB620 Grey Blue Metallic,the roof is called Blue Metallic. The interior is Roser Blue with French Walnut wood accents. The car has a black steering wheel, refri
In 1963 the all-new 600 model was launched at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. Representing the very best of Mercedes-Benz automotive engineering and technology, the 600 featured a fuel-injected overhead camshaft 6.3 litre V8 engine, air suspension with variable ride control, all-round disc brakes, power steering and central locking, not to mention a high-pressure oil system for all sorts of adjustments and controls. Over half a century later these cars still represent an ultimate. Even the 21st. Century Maybach, a brand re-invented by Mercedes to be the best of the best, cannot approach the 600 "Grosser" for sheer presence. Due to its immense cachet, the 600 is more "filmic" than any other car made. The model has enjoyed cameo roles in more movies from 1963 to the present than any other. As is widely publicised, the list of owners is like a who's-who in itself. Only 2,677 LHD and RHD examples were made, of which 2,190 were four-door saloons, 428 were Pullman limousines and 59 were Landaulets. This 600 Short Wheel Base Limousine represents something of a "sweet spot" specification-wise when ordered new. It was first registered to Barclay Hotels Ltd of 2 Hyde Park Place, London, in April 1971. We can only assume that the company required a luxurious car to ferry around its important guests, and this car would certainly have fitted the bill. To put this into perspective, the 600 cost between 25 and 30 percent more than the equivalent new Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. What attracted us to this 600 when we first saw it was its remarkable originality and potential. It is an unmolested, "honest" car. Much of the paintwork, brightwork, woodwork and the entire interior are original from 1971. The team here have taken this lovely largely unspoilt "canvas" and turned it into the great 600 we have now. The complexity of these cars is simply staggering; even the lowly water pump on the engine is a highly complex bit of kit, with a turbine thermostatically controlled by circulating engine oil governing the fan. Many components on a 600 are like this. Here is a brief list of recent works done in our workshop:- -Overhaul of air suspension inc. 4x airbags, all height control valves and main valve block. Adjust ride heights to factory specifications. -Overhaul of water pump and full drivebelt replacement. -Service and adjustment of "comfort hydraulic" system parts as needed. -Overhaul of steering box. -Full engine and injection service and set-up. Starts "on the button" as it should. So many 600's are huge bills waiting to happen, but when they are running properly as this one is, they are a marvel to drive and ride in. Due to its originality, this car is not in 100% Concours condition; the leather seats for example have no tears or creases even after 45 years, but are not freshly restored. If you want a 600 with much correctly focussed recent work where it counts on these cars, not just a shiny paint job, then this is the car for you.
1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SIX-DOOR PULLMAN ONE OF ONLY TWENTY ORIGINAL MB FACTORY DATA CARDS Production of the Mercedes flagship 600 model began in 1964 and continued through to 1981. Production numbers were tiny; in total 304 Pullmans! 124 of these were 6-door examples but fewer than 20 were Right Hand Drive. Exclusivity is the watchword of this model. Highly prized by the glitterati of its era and hugely respected by enthusiasts and collectors today. Believed by many to have been the most stylish limousine ever to have been built. The level of appointment is naturally to the very highest standard available when new; featuring the 600's 150-bar (2,176 psi) hydraulic pressure system, which is silent in operation, powering the windows, seats, boot lid, as well as the door locking mechanism. Adjustable air suspension delivered excellent ride quality and sure handling over any road surface. Of the twenty Right Hand Drive examples distributed across the globe no one is able to say how many exist today. Our car is one of these rarer than rare survivors. Finished in the original specially ordered Magnetite Blue and luxuriously upholstered throughout in its original sumptuous light beige velour with beautiful Burr Walnut veneered woodwork. This is, we believe, the finest example for sale anywhere in the world today. Our magnificent 600 Pullman is an extremely rare UK supplied example which has always been kept in England and throughout its life has mostly been maintained by Merecedes Benz UK or its appointed main agents. The history file contains many service invoices and old MOT certificates confirming the mileage of only 68,000 and testifying to the care and maintenance carried out on the car throughout its life. Cosmetically impeccable, structurally undoubted and crucially, fully functioning in all respects; the air suspension holds good pressure, while all of the power assisted accessories work as they should. Available for inspection here in Kew, surely the first knowledgeable enthusiast to view will buy.
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