Division is a good thing: ’66 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limousine
The Mercedes-Benz 600 is a masterpiece of style and engineering and today it is as exclusive and visually imposing as ever. It was a favorite of the world’s wealthy and well-connected, used by everyone from Elvis Presley to the Pope. This was designed with big in mind so M-B had to design a powerplant to move it with grace and speed. That new powerplant is a 6,332-cubic centimetre overhead cam V-8, with a dry-sump design, Bosch mechanical fuel injection and it developed 250 brake-horsepower. Air suspension gave the car a boulevard ride, and a high-pressure hydraulic system provided every power assist imaginable. The comprehensive hydraulic and pneumatic system powered the self-levelling suspension, assisted the brakes, helped open the massive doors, and smoothly and silently operated the windows, trunk, seats, and sunroof. With characteristic attention to detail, each Mercedes-Benz 600 was to all intents and purposes custom-built. There were two wheelbases, 126 and 153½ inches. Most 600s, 2,190 of them, were on the short wheelbase like today’s featured post. The seller mistakenly refers to this as a Pullman perhaps confused because it has the optional divider. The Pullman designation is used exclusively for the long wheelbase cars. This version is our favorite. The divider makes it exclusive and more of a personal limousine. We’ve always admired these and when you have the opportunity to inspect one in person, you will be impressed by the materials and the build quality. What you, a possible buyer, might face is a nightmarish cost of restoring a 600. Mercedes-Benz Classic in Orange County charges around $400,000 to get one perfect. But if you can find an original car with recent service up to date and all systems and cosmetics in order, why not take the leap? See more pictures and an opportunity to bid by clicking here.