Mercedes-Benz has one of the most diverse and extensive portfolios in history. Mercedes-Benz built heavy trucks, buses, and military vehicles as well as basic sedans, beautiful and exclusive luxury cars and some of the greatest racing cars in history. In the 1930’s, you could have had the ultra-exclusive, 100 mph 540K in any number of coachbuilt configurations. But if you were a person of serious importance, you would have been driven in a 770K – the “Grosser Mercedes”. These massive machines were reserved for heads of state and military leaders and featured some of the most advanced engineering seen on any pre-war automobile.
By the 1960’s Mercedes-Benz’s post-war recovery was complete and they saw sufficient demand for an ultra-luxurious limousine to take on the likes of the Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood and Rolls Royce Phantom V. The 600-series was born, known internally as the W100. Available in four-door short wheelbase or a four or six door, long wheelbase Pullman configuration, the 600 was simply one of the finest and most over-engineered cars in history. The LWB Pullman could be had with a standard body or an open, landaulet body. Unlike a body-on-frame Cadillac, the 600 used advanced unitary construction that was so strong, the rear roof could be cut off without effecting rigidity. Options were limited to the imagination and budget of the buyer and cars often included front and rear air conditioning, separate stereos, refrigerator, even television and telephones. A new 6.0 Liter V8 with Bosch fuel injection was developed for the 600. It produced 250 hp and a thumping 370 ft-lbs of torque, enough to allow the 6,100lb Merc to hang with a Porsche 911T in a straight line. Hydraulics were incorporated to silently operate the windows, trunk lid, power seats and sunroof. The 600 quickly became the ultimate symbol of power and prestige and was the favored by government officials, royalty, movie stars, dictators and cult leaders alike. The 600 Pullman remained in very limited production from 1964-1981 and a total of 487 were built, most of which on a made-to-order basis. $37,928 was the advertised POE price of a Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman Limousine in 1972. Put in perspective, that would have bought five Lincoln Continental sedans, with enough change left over for a nice Ford.
This 1972 600 Pullman long wheelbase is configured with the rare, four-door body with rear sunroof. This is one of just 38 units built in 1972 and was purchased from the son of the original lady owner in 2012. Always chauffeur driven for her, it was maintained by a single specialist shop from new. When purchased, the car was a very sound and compete original car, that had always been well maintained, but starting to show its age. The car recently received a full cosmetic restoration and mechanical service by a well-known marque expert. The car was beautifully refinished in its original color combination of DB 904 Midnight Blue with blue leather, and the wood trim is exquisite. Being a long-wheelbase Pullman, luxury features abound. This example was well optioned with a divider window, a very rare rear sunroof, rear air con, rear Becker audio, a bar, and rear facing jump seats. Out on the road, this 600 Pullman lives up to the solid good looks and delivers a very satisfying drive. All hydraulics and mechanical systems have been well serviced and perform as intended. This is one of the finest Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullmans available.
It’s a superbly beautiful example, and one of the most prestigious, comfortable, luxurious and distinctive automobiles on the road. Quality and performance always stand out, and this 600 has both.
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