1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine

Limousine conversions can go either way. The way I enjoy them are the factory conversions which Mercedes-Benz calls the “Pullman”, a term carried over from railroad cars that were built to be relaxed in. Their fit and finish is totally perfect, which makes sense because these cars were usually built for heads of state like Boris Yeltsin Vladimir Putin to be the ultimate in chauffeured transport. On the other end, companies have taken the standard production car, sliced them in half, lengthened them, stitched them back together then added their own interiors in the passenger compartment. These cars were mostly used as shuttles for kids to puke up their Jägermeister on the way to the prom. Today’s 500SEL for sale outside of Boston is one of those types of limousines. Yea?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine on Boston Craigslist

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Restomod 1965 Volkswagen Buses

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The Volkswagen Type 2 “Bus” is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, perhaps second only to the Type 1 Beetle. They draw smiles everywhere they go, and are perfectly acceptable as rusty survivors and perfect, climate-controlled-storage classics. The one my brother drove for a while was of the no-muffler beater variety, but today’s examples are gorgeous, show-quality items that will blow minds with both their looks and their prices. Both are modified to take on the look of the desirable “21-window” bus, but the first one has significantly more than that…

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You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse: 2008 Porsche Cayenne 185″ Limo

So often with modified cars we decry the loss of a prime example of a highly desirable car in stock form. Of course, there are exceptions; original Ruf and AMG cars, Alpina and Hartge BMWs and even the occasional Treser is pretty neat. But generally outside of that the modifications don’t do much in terms of desirability to the market at large; people really seem to prefer stock examples. Despite that, when it comes to a generally unloved model, I’m willing to bet that no one will cry much for the loss – witness today’s 2008 Porsche Cayenne. While the facelift generation Cayenne is generally perceived as a visual improvement over the original design, I can’t say that there are a tremendous amount of enthusiasts that really get super excited about them. That’s especially true of the entry level 3.2 VR6 model; whether it’s true or not, it feels like it’s a lot more Volkswagen than Porsche, and I for one think the Touareg is better looking. Consequently, I let out an audible laugh and cheer when I stumbled across this 185″ stretched limousine version of a 2008 Cayenne:

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1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

If you think back over the last century, what are some of the greatest cars to have ever roamed the streets? Sure, vehicles such as the original Volkswagen Beetle, Porsche 911 and Alfa Romeo Spider come to mind, but all of these cars had a multitude of variations and generations that it is hard to point to one single model of each that you would classify as significant. If I had to pick one single model that moved the chains, it’s this car: the Mercedes 600. While there were short and long wheelbase versions and an open roofed Landaulet version on offer, the 600 was relatively unchanged over its 18 year production cycle.

In that time, this became the de facto car for celebrities, heads of state and executives that wanted the most advanced, luxurious car money could buy. Advanced it was for its 1963 introduction, with a fuel-injected V8, hydraulic actuation for everything from the seats to the trunk lid and a host of other options available which would allow owners to customize their chariots to their every want and need. This restored 600 short wheelbase model for sale in New York allows the discerning collector to strike a decided chairman of the board pose.

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Year: 1965
Model: 600 SWB
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,173 mi
Price: $215,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB on eBay

This is a 1965 Mercedes 600 SWB in stunning restored condition. This car, VIN# 100012-12-000312, is an original #040 Black car and has been extensively restored by Classic Car Restoration LLC of Wausau, WI, perhaps the leading restorers of 600’s in the country. This car was repainted in its original Glasurit Black ( #040) and the finish is stunning. In addition the following work was performed:

full engine rebuild
full transmission rebuild
full rebuild of front and rear axle and brake system
new red leather interior and refinished Makassar wood
all hydraulic switches serviced and replaced as necessary
re chromed front and rear bumpers
all rebuilt air suspension components
and much more.

This is a unique opportunity to own a highly restored Mercedes 600. For more details call 631-283-8819

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There are few other color combinations I enjoy more than this one on the 600. The red interior just looks lush and sets off well against the classic black paintwork, a color that lends itself well to pretty much any large Mercedes sedan. So the big question is whether the $200k plus asking price is worth it? Most well to do consumers eyeing the new S class or one of the very last Maybachs to be produced won’t be cross shopping a vintage machine like this. But if you must have one of the biggest crowning achievements of Mercedes-Benz this side of the 300SL and Silver Arrows, there are few better examples than the Grösser Mercedes.

-Paul

1988 BMW 750iL Limo

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Limousines seem much rarer now than when I was a wee lad, when I remember being awestruck by giant Mercedes rolling through downtown Seattle with weird boomerangs on top of their trunks. Perhaps it’s another social change attributable to “THE ECONOMY” or maybe the advent of Hummer limos finally jumped the shark, or maybe it just happens that I live in a place where the rich drive themselves; whatever it is, the limo is a hilarious exercise in automobile modification and excess. In the late 80s, BMW stepped up their excess-game with the introduction of the V12-powered 750, an already long car. While some readers are probably already angrily typing that this car is not worth posting, the fun ones are imagining what they would do with a giant ferret of a car. Top Gear-type challenges? The most comfortable road trips ever? The acres of leather in the interior leave me inclined towards the latter. Low miles and overall cleanliness give a few points to practicality, but there’s nothing practical about getting that massive wheelbase around corners. No wonder it’s for sale in Texas.

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Year: 1988
Model: 750iL limousine
Engine: 5.0L V12
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,000 mi
Price: $24,900

Click for Details: 1988 BMW 750iL Limo for sale on eBay

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If this were a normal 750iL, the price would probably be even higher. The limo-factor makes it hard to value (as if anyone needs a pragmatic assessment of this car anyway). I just find it funny to know that there was a 25 year-old limo that is still this clean and ready to party.

-NR

Theme Week: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600

When someone uses the phrase “the best,” you tend to take it with a grain of salt, right? We’ve featured a lot of cars on GCFSB this week that might come close to living up to that phrase, but for me, there will always be one car in history that is head and shoulders above the rest: the Mercedes-Benz 600.

The 600 was designed as an prestige vehicle for heads of state and VIPs that would offer little compromise in a money no object package. Unveiled in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this car cost a hair over $20,000, making it the most expensive new car on the market. This new car packed a new engine, the M100, 6.3 liter V8 with 300 horsepower and 434 lb ft of torque, enough to launch this behemoth at a rapid pace and cover a quarter mile in 17.2 seconds, faster than some small sports cars of the period. Whether you opted for the short wheelbase (SWB) model you see here or the longer Pullman variant, passengers were treated to a high level of luxury, with beautiful wood veneers throughout, rear curtains, an available rear compartment divider and a choice of leather or this car’s plush velour.

This 600 SWB for sale north of Stuttgart looks the business in dark blue over gray cloth.

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 on JamesList

Two rear curtains, console bar with freezer. The mechanicals and hydraulics are fully functional, interior is in excellent condition. Recent service. Vehicle was completely repainted in the original color. No non-standard modifications.

A 600 SWB in good condition that has been used as intended will run you around $70,000 to $100,000, with examples that are near concours or with exceptional provenance pulling into the $100,000 to $150,000 range. This car is in good shape and sorted, but it is a bit of a hard sell at close to $200,000 with almost 100,000 miles and a repaint. Perhaps the market is a bit different in Europe right now, but with an economic crisis upon them, I tend to doubt it.

If I was part of the 1% and needed a car in which to be drive, this would be my ultimate choice for transportation. It’s not a logical choice and it would certainly be more cantankerous to maintain than a modern day machine. It would be worth it, though, to see people stop and stare at this car’s sheer presence. So big was this car that it was nicknamed the Grosser Mercedes, or “larger” Mercedes. Is it any wonder, then, that this car was popular with dictators the world over?

The 600 was a legend in its time, but a lot of real life legends selected this limousine for their personal transport. This particular 600 SWB featured in the following clip from Mercedes-Benz was owned by Elvis Presley.

-Paul

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The Mercedes-Benz 600, or Grosser Mercedes as it is sometimes called, is one of those vehicles where I find myself reaching for words to describe it. This awesome car set the bar extremely high not only for luxury vehicles but for automotive technology itself when it was introduced in 1963. Available as a short wheelbase sedan, a long wheelbase limo with four or six doors, such as the Pullman you see here, or as a special order Landaulet convertible, these imposing rigs debuted the M100 SOHC V8 engine. With Bosch fuel injection, this unit produced 250 horsepower and 370 lb. ft. of torque. Even though this car was in production from 1964 through 1981, only 2,677 600 models were manufactured, and under 500 were the Pullman version. That makes our feature a rare car, one which had an overarching affect on many Mercedes-Benz model generations to come.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman on eBay

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman. As a Pullman model only 487 were made over an 18 year production. These are very rare and highly collectable. With just over 99,000 original miles this will be a great addition to any collection. Starts right up, very smooth driving and engine. No knocking or engine noises. All options are in excellent working order including the very important ones: air suspension, windows, power rear seats, window divider, A/C system, and power closing truck. This well maintained example has beautiful wood trimmed veneers that are in excellent condition. The interior as you can see is also in very good condition. Paint, body, and chrome over all show beautifully.

Almost $100,000 is about standard fare for a well sorted Pullman these days; vehicles with celebrity ownership tied to them can bring more money at times. To get more of a sense for just how monumental of a vehicle this was, here is a video from Mercedes-Benz’s Fascination series illustrating the 600:

-Paul