Princely Benz: ’67 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB
We’ve always admired the 600. It was the car of choice for kings, potentates and Hollywood Moguls. We like Rolls-Royce too but during this particular period you can’t argue the 600 was the it car. So much so that during production of approximately 2100 cars, many of them went to some pretty wacky people. The 600 fans included Pol Pot, Idi Amin Dada, Saddam Hussein and Angela Channing from Falcon Crest. Nice people appreciated the 600 too namely John Lennon, Jack Nicholson and the dear leader himself, Kim Jong-il. The 600, in any one of its iterations, was a really heavy car. Mercedes developed the powerful 6.3 liter M100 engine to propel the car and all of its accessories. Understand that the 600 featured here is the daily driver, Short Wheel Base version (SWB). Many of the 600s were long wheel base versions and some with 6-doors and partial convertible tops called Landaulets. The Pope had one of those. This 2-owner, always a California car is in a typical 600 livery of dark blue. The white interior with dark burl wood is stunning. The complex air suspension is in good fettle and the car has a documented 72,000 miles. If you are moved to learn more, you will see receipts from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California. That is the restoration shop run by M-B for clients with deep pockets and important cars. We’ve actually called upon Tom Hanson for parts for the 230S project and he has been incredibly helpful. If a 600 SWB has been on your list or if we have awakened the pompous dictator in you, you should give this one a look. Not inexpensive at $79,000. Learn more on Craigslist by clicking here.