The Mercedes-Benz 600, introduced in September 1964, continued the tradition of the pre-war Grosser 770K which had been so popular with the highest echelons of the Nazi party: the 600 was an exclusive motor car built without compromise for royalty, heads of state, pop stars and mere tycoons who could afford the ultimate. Like its predecessor, the 600 was the last word in grandeur and opulence, and no creature comfort was omitted.
With a 6.3-litre fuel injected V8 engine producing 300bhp at the wheels, the 600 was capable of over 120mph and 0-60mph in just 9.5 seconds, not bad for a car weighing some 7,0001bs! The short wheel base model was dubbed the “Grosser”, with the long wheel base variant nicknamed the “Pullman”.
The 600 benefitted from functionalities way ahead of even the luxury sedans of the time, including a limited slip differential, servo steering and calliper brakes with vacuum servo at both ends. Other amenities included hydraulically operated windows, sunroof, glass partition, boot lit, horizontal/vertical movement and backrest angles of seats, and full electrically controlled air conditioning. As such, not even the Rolls-Royce Phantom could compete with such an array of features. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that the 600 cost a whopping DM 56,500 at the time of its launch, this figure having risen to DM 144,100 by the time production ceased in 1981.The list of 600 Pullman owners draws parallels with a list of the most wealthy and influential people in the world, from Queen Elizabeth II to Mao Tse Tung, including Elvis Presley and the Pope.
This 600 SWB “Grosser” is exceedingly rare for the fact that it is both UK registered since 2008 and in right hand drive.
Built in 1965 and delivered new to Australia, naturally in right-hand drive Registered in the UK on 22/01/08 to the first of two UK registered keepers Meticulously maintained with over £30,000 worth of bills showing particular attention to the suspension Recent invoices from model specialist Wolfgang Will of Germany for parts for the hydraulic system Total mileage covered is some 120,000, largely immaterial in such a well-maintained car. The car caught the attention of our vendor, whose passion for rare Mercedes-Benz has been life-long. Not only did the condition and rarity appeal to the vendor but the maintenance records were impeccable and the car had already benefitted from the considerable sums spent by the previous owner, Mr Mander, after he imported the car from Australia.
The history file has receipted invoices for some £30,000 worth of works, mainly on the underbody, with particular attention to the air suspension bags and the fitting of new air valves along with new wishbones. In 2018, during the owner’s custodianship, the services of celebrated 600 specialist Wolfgang Will of Germany were used to ensure the hydraulics were in order, in return for around £1,700. Four new Avon tyres and new rubber door seals were also recently fitted. The car and the owner were the subjects of a feature in Mercedes Driver magazine in April 2019, copies of which are included in the extensive history file. Believed to be one of only 273 right-hand drive 600 SWB produced, this exquisite looking car is likely to turn heads wherever it goes, and is fast becoming a collectable classic.