1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon
"In an age when flaunting your wealth wasn't a crime, the 600 was the automotive equivalent of Monaco. It's a masterpiece of engineering, a quantum leap over its opposition, and redefines the word opulence." - Classic & Sportscar magazine.
By the commencement of the 1960s, Mercedes-Benz's ever-expanding model range was lacking in only one department: a super prestige saloon to rival the Grosser Mercedes of the past. This gap was filled in September 1963 with the appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of the all-new 600. Representing state-of-the-art automotive engineering in just about every department, the supremely well-equipped newcomer featured an overhead-camshaft, fuel-injected, 6.3-litre V8 engine - Mercedes' first - air suspension with variable ride control, four-speed automatic transmission, all-round disc brakes, power-assisted steering, central locking and separate air conditioning systems for front and rear compartments. Its cosseted occupants enjoyed the advantages conferred by multi-way adjustable seating powered by a sophisticated system of hydraulics that also operated the windows and assisted in opening/ closing the doors and boot lid.
The favoured version was the 3,200mm (10' 6") wheelbase saloon that could seat up to six passengers, while the long-wheelbase Pullman limousine - a veritable leviathan exceeding 20' in length and beloved of Heads of State, not to mention a succession of Popes - could accommodate up to eight. Despite its not inconsiderable weight, the 600 was endowed with sports car performance, reaching 60mph in under 10 seconds and exceeding 125mph flat out.
This superb, un-restored example of Mercedes-Benz's luxury flagship was sold new in Italy to industrialist Giovanni Tonella on 17th August 1970 and imported by the last owner from Switzerland into the UK in October 1999. The car is finished in grey with matching velour upholstery to the splendid interior, the latter equipped with Behr air conditioning, Becker Grand Prix radio, magazine nets behind seats, curtains to rear compartment and drinks console complete with glasses. All windows and seats are in working order, and the car is described as superb throughout. A total of 56,749 kilometres is displayed on the odometer and is commensurate with the car's condition.
Equally at home as an owner-driver car or chauffeur driven, this magnificent Mercedes-Benz 600 comes complete with leather trimmed parts box (matching the colour of the car) in the boot, factory jack, tool kit, spare wheel, stamped service booklet, service manual (in English), spare parts list, Becker Grand Prix radio instruction book, old Italian registration papers, assorted parts invoices and UK registration. With little doubt the finest 600 we have seen.