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 German society: the 600 was an exclusive motor car built without compromise for royalty, heads of state, pop stars and 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, which was a feat in itself. There was 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 light, horizontal/vertical movement and backrest angles of seats, and full electrically controlled air conditioning. As not even the Rolls-Royce Phantom could compete with such an array of features, 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.
This beautiful example was supplied new to the United States in 1972, later becoming part of a deceased estate with a value estimated to be in the region of £140m. Subsequently the 600 found its way to the UK and into a private collection, being serviced by Mercedes in Stuttgart and specialist John Haynes in the south of England.
The 600 is extremely nicely finished in Raven Black, complimented by an unmarked tan leather interior and beautifully presented wood cappings. A very nice example of possibly the finest limousine ever made.