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, occasionally, 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 7,0001b! There was a limited slip differential, servo steering and caliper 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 fully automatic controlled air conditioning.
Not even the Rolls-Royce Phantom boasted such a compliment of goodies, so it is hardly surprising that the 600 cost a whopping DM56,500 at the time of its launch, this figure having risen to DM144,100 by the time production ceased in 1981.
The list of 600 Pullman owners is basically 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.
During their very long production life from 1964 to 1981, these cars were the predominant luxury competitors to Rolls-Royce, and for the later years such as this one, very few were built due to its no-expense-cut production style, and resultantly high cost! There were two basic models, the short wheelbase and long wheelbase, roughly five times as many short wheelbase were built. Today offering is a splendid example of the long wheelbase, one of only 428 ever produced. The superb rear compartment is opulently upholstered for four passengers with its beautifully maintained original red leather seating and lavish wood cappings and, unusually, a refrigerated drinks cabinet!
This example of one of the most imposing of all post-war cars appears to be in lovely original condition, of a kind which is hard to find today, especially a LWB with a powered partition to exclude the chauffeur from sensitive high powered discussions taking place in the rear! Its magnificent 6.3 litre V8, supple Automatic gearbox and exemplary ride quality make for extremely luxurious high speed cruising.
Having been bought by its current owner from the highly regarded German classic car dealer, Axel Scheutte in 2004, this example appears to have had a past of loving and caring owners. Provided with an extensive service history all the way up to 2009 where a further 1,500 Euros was spent, this wonderful example has been used several times over recent years in weddings to chauffeur the bride and groom on their special day. The hydraulic and electrical systems are all said by the vendor to bi in good working order, which comes as no surprise considering its recent history. Provided with its original service book and an interesting Mercedes 600 sales brochure.