Lot 2108

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Sedan

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$162,250 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Chassis No.
100.012.12.001403
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  • Believed to be one of only 2,190 600 Sedans built from 1963 through 1981
  • Showing just over 28,250 miles on the odometer at cataloguing time, believed to be original
  • Equipped with engine-driven hydraulic system operating most power functions
  • Optional window divider, sunroof, and rear mini bar with chiller cabinet
  • Includes a copy of the original German data card
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The Mercedes-Benz 600 series of ultra-luxury sedans, also known by their W100 chassis designation, are considered among the most well-engineered cars in automotive history. Produced from 1963 through 1981, the 600-series sedans were among the largest cars in Mercedes’ lineup, matching their formidable size with ample luxury and refinement, including such ostentations as an optional, rear window divider with integrated fold-out tables and a minibar with bottle holders, as equipped on the example offered here. Performance was also remarkable—particularly given the car’s size and weight—thanks to a 250-hp, 6.3-liter, V-8 engine, which enabled an advertised top speed of 127 mph. Likewise, the chassis brimmed with the latest technology, including an adaptive suspension and four-wheel disc brakes.

The impressive 600 was also born with an unusual engine-driven hydraulic system operating the windows, front and rear power seats, fresh-air ventilation system, door and trunk closure system, sunroof, and suspension damping. While lesser vehicles used electric motors to regulate many of these functions, the Mercedes-Benz engineers believed that if cost was no object, hydraulic systems would be smoother, quieter, and longer lasting. Indeed, most 600s were sold to royalty and celebrities for whom cost was no object. Some noteworthy owners reportedly included David Bowie, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicholson.

This beautifully maintained example is ready to continue chauffeuring royalty at any moment. Sliding into the rear seat, the opulence quickly awes any occupant. A rare factory-optioned glass divider—hydraulically powered of course—can separate the VIP in back from driver in the front at the touch of a button. Rich wood trim envelopes both the front and rear cabins. A beautiful dash clock and matching gauge displaying the exterior temperature are nestled in the wood dash alongside a period-correct Becker Grand Prix radio.

Centered beneath the glass divider window are rear climate and radio controls, likewise wrapped in gorgeous wood trim. Below the rear passenger controls is a small refrigerator. Powered by a unique arrangement running off the air-conditioning system, it is large enough to accommodate a minibar and two cocktail glasses. Fold-out, wooden tables flank both sides of the refrigerator cabinet.

A high-quality repaint in the period-correct shade of Metallic Blue shines over the car’s dark blue leather interior, which is said to be original. Color-matched chrome hubcaps, wrapped in black-wall tires complete the wonderfully period look.

Well-presented and with opulent options, this exclusive Mercedes-Benz 600 exemplifies timeless luxury at its best and stands ready to ferry future generations of royalty.