Still widely regarded as one of the best sedans ever built, the Mercedes-Benz 600 marked the ascendancy of the Stuttgart marque back to the pinnacle of luxury, performance and prestige just twenty years after the end of World War II. The 600 had everything that an increasingly wealthy upper class could want, including performance with 300 horsepower and 434 lb-ft torque from the 6.3 liter overhead camshaft fuel injected light alloy V-8 engine. Fully independent suspension rode on load-compensating air springs. There were disc brakes all around, central door locks, power steering and two separate climate control systems. In 1967 only 138 of the 5-passenger "Limousines" like this one were built. It was first owned by the Eli Lilly family in Chicago and its condition today, largely original and exceptionally well preserved, evidences a long life among appreciative owners to spared no expense in maintaining it. The burgundy paint has been redone at some point long ago and now has its own mellow patina. The saddle leather interior and wood are original and in beautiful condition and it has a Becker Grand Prix AM-FM sound system and pull-down privacy shades on the rear and quarter windows. The engine and chassis, too, are original and have never been neglected or messed with. Even the air suspension, so often neglected and replaced with steel springs, is in good operating condition. The body is dead straight and the doors, hood and trunk operate with the authority of Mercedes-Benz quality. It is a remarkable find that is recognized as a prestige automobile without peer, a symbol of unparalleled safety, performance, luxury, prestige and authority.
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