Lot Number
223

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine

Sold For £25,200

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 2011


Chassis No.
10001412001126

300 bhp, 6,329 cc V-8 engine, Bosch fuel injection, four-speed automatic gearbox, double-wishbone and air-spring independent front suspension, independent swing-axle rear suspension with trailing lower radius arms, air springs, automatic levelling and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel, power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 3,900 mm

- One of 429 LWB 600 Pullman Limousines built

- Only two owners from new; offered in remarkable “barn find” original condition

- A great opportunity to acquire and restore a true late-20th century icon

A full generation after it was first produced, the Mercedes-Benz 600 remains an unqualified engineering and stylistic masterpiece, as exclusive and visually imposing as ever. Powered by a 6.3-litre, 300-bhp V-8 engine with aluminium cylinder heads and Bosch fuel injection, the 600 featured a four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment and delivered prodigious acceleration and high-speed cruising capabilities. A comprehensive hydraulic and pneumatic system powered the self-levelling suspension, assisted the brakes, helped open the massive doors and smoothly and silently operated the seats, trunk, sunroof and windows. With Mercedes’ characteristic attention to detail, each 600 was essentially custom-built. It was available in both 3,200 mm and 3,900 mm wheelbases, the latter of which was available in four- and six-door form, as well as a Landaulet.

Whereas production of the “short” wheelbase 600 amounted to 2,190 units, the long-wheelbase cars, commonly known as “Pullmans,” are considerably rarer, with only 429 built. While virtually all 600s were associated with the best-known and most-influential personalities of the era, ranging from Elvis Presley to Pope Paul VI, this long-wheelbase, seven-passenger Pullman from 1969 is a two-owner example from new. Finished in Schwarz (black) with Hellrott (light red) upholstery, it was delivered via Brussels, Belgium to the original owner in Africa, and according to production records supplied by Mercedes-Benz Classic Germany, it was originally fitted with such specialised features as body “under-shields” and dust sealing, heat-insulating glass all-around and a tropical-specification battery. In addition, it was fitted with a pennant staff and holder on the right-hand side of the car. As offered today in remarkable “barn find” original condition and requiring complete restoration, its offering at auction represents a truly rare opportunity to join the rarefied ownership roster of the magnificent 600 Pullman.


Addendum

Please note this vehicle is offered on a Bill of Sale only.


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