1967 Mercedes-Benz 600

The last Mercedes-Benz 600 I looked at was a wonderful example that was originally owned by NBC Orchestra conductor Don Ricardo. It was a cool little story that was mostly complete and ready to keep being enjoyed by a new owner — as long as you had a big enough bank account. Today, I have another 600 but this has little information and being sold by the source themselves. Who is that source? None other than the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Sounds like a perfect situation to buy a car, right?

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1968 Mercedes-Benz 600

A few days ago I was talking with a friend who owns and operates a Mercedes-Benz restoration shop and the topic of the W100 600 came up. It was mostly me asking all kind of questions as to what it is like to own one of these cars and getting answers that blew my mind. One thing stuck out that about stopped me in my tracks. He told me that a 600 he services for a doctor had to choose between doing some repairs on his car or putting a new roof on his house. It was at that moment I realized I was never going to own a 600 nor want to own a 600. Our conversation then turned to the cost-per-mile calculation to own one of these and he threw out the number of roughly $5. Most exotics usually average about $3.50 a mile. That means if you own a 600 and drive it a conservative 2,000 miles a year, you can expect your wallet to be $10,000 lighter. To think, some people still don’t understand that this just isn’t another old Mercedes that has some pricey parts on it. I’ve said this before and I want to say it again, there is no faking owning a 600. The amount of time and money needed to keep one of these probably surpasses some short-lived marriages.

Anytime a 600 pops up for sale, I always hurry to take a look because of the crazy options that could be lurking inside as well as the possibility of it being owned by a celebrity and/or murderous dictator. Today’s 600, a 1968 up for sale in Chicago, probably didn’t have any executions called in from the rear seat because it wasn’t owned by someone of that ilk and this car is equipped with a rear refrigerator, not a telephone. This 600 was actually first ordered and owned by a man named Don Ricardo. Ricardo was a NBC Orchestra conductor but real passion was cars — especially Mercedes-Benz. Ricardo owned two 300SL Gullwings, a 1928 SSK and one of the most infamous Mercedes of all-time, a 1935 roadster custom-built for Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler. I assume this car was a 770. Anyway, safe to say that Ricardo liked his cars and knew exactly what he was buying in this 600. From there, details on this W100 are slim but thanks to the power of the internet, I was able to uncover a little more about this Grosse.

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 600

Sometimes cars and people just go together. Cars can mimic someones personality and mannerisms, both good and bad. So when it comes to matching up the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600, a car known as one of the most technologically advanced and complex cars ever, to someone who isn’t an entertainer or a dictator, who wants to own one of these? Enter Dr. Forrest Bird. You’ve probably never heard of that name before, just as I haven’t, but he is responsible for pioneering mechanical ventilators for people with acute and chronic heart and lung afflictions. In layman’s terms, he made the iron lung obsolete and helped millions of people over the years. Not only that, he was a certified pilot by the age of 16, served in WWII and assisted in the Korean and Vietnam wars, took his technology company public on the NASDAQ, opened up a museum, earned a M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., D.S., started a charter school and just to top it all off, was awarded medals by not one, but two acting United States Presidents. Suddenly the problems of owning a 600 don’t seem so large.

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1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

A few months ago I checked a Mercedes-Benz 600 literally fit for a king. Today we have another 600 Pullman which doesn’t look to be outfitted for any royalty and/or dictator, but you probably need to be as rich as one to afford it. This 1969 for sale in Germany has gone through a total frame-off restoration and from the looks of it, could pass as a brand new car.

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Year: 1969
Model: 600 Pullman
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: Unknown
Price: $895,000

THE CAR OFFERED

This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman has been subject to a total restoration (“frame-off”) performed at the highest level.

Extensive photographic documentation of the work carried out is available.

Technically and visually presented in excellent condition for Concours judging or driving events.

The car comes with a one-year warranty, Daimler-Benz data card of first delivery, owner’s manual, service handbook as well as a value certificate condition grade “excellent”.

Matching number engine from first delivery.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The sales price includes free door-to-door-shipping (insured) to your desired address in the USA via sea freight and custom clearance (import taxes not included).

Air freight or delivery to any other destination in the world is available upon request.

Feel free to ask, if you have got any questions left or if you’d like to have more detailed information.

We are happy to take our time and provide you with more pictures and videos or anything else belonging to your concerns – We will get back to you with all speed.

I wish I knew more about this specific car as I love diving into the histories of them. Almost every 600 ownership has a story behind it that ranges from wealthy industrialist to killed three million people and everywhere in between. Our friends at the International M100 Owners Group doesn’t have this car in their registry database and sadly I couldn’t find any records of it. The seller says they have the original data card but my attempts to gather information from them have been fruitless as usually people who sell cars in this price range don’t respond to those who simply write about them on the internet in their spare time.

This Pullman looks like the fairly standard configuration with a glass divider and rear mounted radio. The Mulberry leather and matching carpets is a combination I haven’t seen before and the white steering wheel also is new to me. The overall condition of this 600 is spectacular and it almost looks like a video game it is so perfect. I’m sure some creative editing with Photoshop did this car a favor and I usually like to see cars in ”real photos” not staged sets, but I have no reason to believe this car isn’t as perfect as it seems.

So how much is all this perfectness? A whopping $895,000. This is by far the most expensive 600 I’ve run across and it makes the $395,000 1970 Pullman seem like a bargain. I can probably understand why this car is so expensive. Once you factor in the original purchase price for this 600 pre-restoration, the materials and labor for the restoration job and combine those the amount of margin they needed to make this job worth it, almost $900,000 doesn’t seem outrageous from a math standpoint. But Mercedes lost money of the majority of these when they sold new. Otherwise they would have been asking something like $900,000 in 1969’s money — although I’m sure someone would be willing to pay it. I just think for this price, you can probably find a much cheaper 600 if you actually intend on using this car.

– Andrew

King’s Ransom: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Last week I checked out at a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 that looked to be cared for by a wealthy stable owner in north Alabama. Today, we have another W100 to examine, but this one has quite a bit more history to sort through. This 1970 600 for sale in Portland, Oregon isn’t the normal standard wheelbase sedan you are used to seeing but rather it’s the rare Pullman version, which is one of 423 ever produced. Of course, those who ordered these cars usually weren’t your normal private citizens. So who was the original owner of this rolling symbol of power?

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Year: 1970
Model: 600 Pullman
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 35,000 km (21,747 mi)
Price: $395,000

1970 Mercedes 600 Pullman

Ordered new by King Idris of Libya the same year he was overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi
Award winning restoration (fully documented)
All mechanicals are new or rebuilt
35,000 km’s (300 km since restoration)
Factory 040G black with bamboo leather
Complete set of factory spares kits and tool pouch
Price: $395,000 firm

The owner of this awesome 600 was King Idris of Libya who according to the build sheet, didn’t have possession of the car for too long. This Pullman was built in July of 1969 but unfortunately Idris was deposed a few months later in a coup d’etat by army officers led by a guy you might have heard of named Muammar Gaddafi. I’ve tracked down a photo of Idris getting out of the car attached below and even more amazingly, the Associated Press actually has video footage of Idris in Turkey on September 2nd, 1969 with the car that can be viewed here. That same day is when Libyan Army officers took control of the country. Naturally, Idris didn’t return to Libya choosing to head to Greece until ultimately going into exile in Egypt until his death in 1983 at the age of 94.

From there, the story is missing some chapters. From what I understand, this car was probably sold off (along with Idris’ other things) and ended up in Japan where it rested for over 20 years. From there, the car made its way to Los Angeles to a new owner where again, it sat. That’s where the current owner found it and sent it over to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California for extensive restoration in 2011. Now, it resides in Portland along with the owner’s five (that’s not a typo) other short-wheel-base 600s. I do remember seeing this car on display at Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance last year where it took home the Allen C. Stephens Elegance Award — which I have no idea what that means. I don’t run in the same circles as people who have cars nice enough to park on putting greens.

Now that the seller wants to move on from this Pullman, he is asking a whopping $395,000 – firm, no less. I know that the seller of this car wasn’t aware it was Idris’ car until after he purchased it but I’m sure he might have had an idea it had some kind of diplomatic ownership being so well-versed in 600 ownership. Just for comparison sake, there was a 1968 Pullman that was sold at an auction the Netherlands in 2015 that wasn’t a restored example, but still presentable, for just under $200,000. The notion that this car has some sort of increased value because it was owned for a month by a rather unknown King in Libya almost 48 years ago just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t think prior ownership factors into value unless maybe you were taking about one of the 600s owned by Lennon or Elvis and even then I’m weary. So while this 600 Pullman looks outstanding and surely has a cool history, almost $400,000 might just be a pipe dream number.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 600

The Mercedes-Benz 600 is one of the few cars that I’d love to own but at the same time be absolutely terrified of actually owning it. There is no “faking” ownership of a 600. You need to be totally unfazed about the possibility of spending $8,000 for a minor service at any time. A set of factory brake pads alone will run you over $1,000, although most owners just use the thinner W109 6.3 pads as “affordable” alternatives. If a 600 needs chassis rubber replacement, it’s not out the question for it to be over $20,000 in parts alone. Suddenly, you become envious of Ferrari 348 and 355 owners that only spend $10,000 on engine-out services. So when a 600 comes up for sale like this one in Alabama, I dream of scooping this thing up, but then think maybe spending $12,000 to make sure a 600 can sit in my garage without the body touching the ground isn’t the best use of money.

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Year: 1972
Model: 600
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,081 mi
Price: Buy It Now $90,000

1972 Mercedes 600 4 door Automatic V8. Hydraulic windows & locks. Kept in air controlled shop.

This 1972 is car number 2109 out of the 2677 W100’s ever built and it is the last year for the 600 in the US making it quite rare. The Horizon Blue paint isn’t a color I see too often and the grey interior looks to be in fine shape outside of the random clothes hanger in the rear seats. Being a southern car with a little over 66,000 miles, I don’t see any obvious signs of wear outside of the fading wood that the seller mentions in the description.

Speaking of the description, this is a fine example of how not to sell a 600. Judging by the setting of this car, the owner probably has more important things to worry about so maybe putting effort into selling this beautiful car wasn’t a priority. Buying a 600 isn’t your standard process of checking it out for an hour on a Saturday afternoon. Ideally you put this car trailer, send it off for to a 600 specialist for a few days then wait for bad news to come back at how much work it’ll need. Even trying to start a 600 that has been sitting for awhile can lead to catastrophic results as you have to potential to send contaminates into the very expensive injection pump.

For $90,000, you can’t even consider that number unless you get a full report on this car like mentioned. Gambling any kind of money on buying a 600 sight-unseen or without an experts report on it would be crazy. Personally, I prefer the pre-1968 600’s because of the wood binnacle instead of the leather covered one like this car. In my eyes, if you are going to buy a 600, you might as well go all out with it because you’ll be paying either way. So if you are searching for a 600, this one might be an option, as long as you do the homework.

– Andrew

1978 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

While we’re probably all familiar with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600, one little fact of which enthusiasts may be unaware is that these behemoths were produced all the way up until 1981. It’s fairly amazing this über sedan that was introduced in 1963 outlasted the W116 S-class that was introduced in 1972 and lived on to see the birth of the W126 S-Class. In its time, this was quite possibly the best car money could buy, favored by dictators, celebrities and the well-to-do alike. The car wasn’t just a pretty face, however. It was also a technical tour de force, with a SOHC 6.3 liter V8 under the hood, a hydraulic pressure system that powered everything from the windows to the self closing doors and trunk as well as adjustable air suspension. This right-hand drive example for sale in London is not only rather uncommon due to its late build date, but has a rather muted cloth interior in place of the usual leather we see in these limousines.

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Elvis Presley’s 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600

(lights lift slowly over a sole figure on stage, the band strikes up the first notes to the familiar tune Jailhouse Rock. The singer breaks into verse…)

“Seller threw an auction up on eBay’s site
He was hopin’ that the listing got his price just right
He thought that the famous owner would take bidding far
‘Cause that giant Mercedes-Benz was Elvis’ car

Let’s bid, everybody let’s bid
Anyone who remembers who Elvis was
Will want to get in his old cars…”

I was going to make a concerted effort to write this entire post without referencing either a Twinkie or the signature catch phrase “Thank you, thank you very much”, but I’ve just failed. Look, I’m not here to give you a history lesson on Elvis or his importance. I’m not here to recount the leather jump-suited Vegas years, whether I like fat old Elvis or young vibrant Elvis, or even debate if he stole music from African Americans. I’m not going to give you a history lesson on the Mercedes-Benz 600, either. But let’s consider a few things about this car. The 600 was expensive. Really, really expensive. Arguably, in the late 1960s it was the nicest car that money could buy, and since it took a lot of money to buy, some really famous people owned them. Only about 2,600 were made, mostly in short wheel base variants like the one that Elvis bought. We learn he put $5,500 down and yet still had 36 monthly payments of $344. That equates to $17,844 in 1969; a figure which doesn’t seem particularly outrageous today and even inflation corrected it’s “only” about $116,000. But it was far more expensive than your average car, and it took near royalty to get into the 600. You needed to be someone like Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, or…well, Elvis to buy one. And if you weren’t an A-list celebrity , you were probably a dictator; Chairman Mao, for example, was a famous owner, along with Tito, Ceausescu, Pol Pot, Papa Doc, Hirihito, de Klerk, Marcos, Kim Jong-il, and Saddam Hussein. Basically, you go through history, and everyone the West considers a “baddy” owned a Mercedes-Benz 600. But, universally they’re still lauded as one of the most impressive automobiles ever made, and when you couple a celebrity owner (which, proportionally, is perhaps more likely than any other single model car in history other than some really low-volume models of Ferraris and Duesenbergs) you’ve got a recipe for a high asking price:

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

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For a car manufacturer with a history spanning over 100 years, it’s fairly impressive that historians and enthusiasts still regard the 600 as one of the most notable models from Mercedes-Benz. This was a landmark vehicle not just for the company but the whole automotive scene. It was one of the most expensive and complex vehicles of its day and as such, anyone who was anyone seemed to own one, from movie stars to dictators. These cars are highly valued today and many that come up for sale have been treated to lavish restorations costing thousands of dollars. This 600 SWB for sale in Illinois, however, is a driver quality car, showing the wrinkles of age as it closes in on 200,000 miles. But it wears its patina in a dignified manner in which only a Grosser Mercedes can.

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1970 Mercedes 600 SWB only 46,000 miles

1970 Mercedes 600 SWB

Elaine from Seinfeld once got into a discussion about grace and how you can’t have a little grace and you can’t acquire grace, you either have it or you don’t. This car has grace and class in spades. The 600 is such a cool car. It is one of those vehicles where you’ll have just as much fun driving it as you will sitting in the back.

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