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1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB – REVISIT


The seller of the 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 has lowered his price by $7,000, to $118,000. With the 1966 600 we recently featured fetching $139,900, will this 600 be snapped up in due time?

The below post originally appeared on our site April 6, 2014:

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Well over 30 years since the last one rolled off the line, the Mercedes 600 is still revered as one of the best luxury vehicles ever. To the uninitiated, a quick glance might have one mistake this for a normal S class, but once you see one of these cars in person, you realize you are dealing with something on a whole other level. If you’re brave enough to sound the horn, you’ll definitely know this isn’t your ordinary car, such is the authority with which it sounds. These were complex machines, with a central hydraulic system that powered everything from the windows to the trunk lid and an air suspension that gave the car one of the most compliant rides on offer. Restoring one is not for the faint of heart (or wallet), so sourcing a sorted original one such as this 1972 example for sale in California is a treat.

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Year: 1972
Model: 600 SWB
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,992 mi
Price: $118,000 Buy It Now

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If you are looking at this listing little needs to be explained in regards to the rarity and colectablity of this 1972 Mercedes Benz 600 SWB, especially being a final US production year example. In 1972, only 210 examples were produced. Of the 2677 total production, it is believed that only 1000-1500 Mercedes 600’s still exist today. The car was ordered by my client new, A US spec car he picked up in Europe then shortly had it shipped to the United States. An all original car with 56,000 miles on it the car has spent most of its life in California no rust or corrosion is present. The air suspension works properly along with all of the functions from the seat controls, windows to the automatic rear trunk mechanism. He ordered it with all the options including a matching leather headliner from the factory and rare sunroof option. All of the original items intact with the car such as tool kit, books, etc. will be included in the sale.

The only mentionable issues are in the rear of the car at the base of the center consul arm rest another phone was installed which was later removed. There is a 2 millimeter chip above the passenger side headlight I have pictured it but its barely noticeable and at the base of the passenger door jam some seatbelt markings. Otherwise the paint is lustrous the chrome is shiny and buff, the leather is supple for its age with no signs of cracking or wear to the dash or wood throughout the car. It is obvious that the 600 has been properly stored when not in use. These 600’s are becoming increasingly sought after, this is a unique opportunity to own an all original one owner car. Please also note leather conditioner had been applied recently so some extra residue can be seen on the seats. All information acuracy has been represented and can be confirmed by the owner. I can help buyer arrange for shipping locally and overseas. I reserve the right to end the auction early at any time. Inspections are welcome.

Here are pictures and a cold start clip of the 600 in the dropbox link below. Please let me know if you have any questions.


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Just under 2,700 examples of the über Benz were produced, a car with detail the likes of which we wouldn’t see until the company resurrected the Maybach lineup in 2004. A 600 today is not cheap, nor is the servicing, as some would estimate repair costs for the hydraulic system to run over $20,000. The SWB, or short-wheelbase model is the most common and least expensive variant. Originality such as we see here is hard to come by, with a lot of these cars having undergone restorations at one point or another. A good one such as this will easily pull upwards of $80,000, and they are only original once, so factor that in and the asking price is about what one would expect.