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The Mercedes-Benz 600
The Mercedes-Benz 600 was launched in 1963 at the Paris Auto Show as the pinnacle of avant-garde automotive engineering. This four-door sedan was introduced to serve the burgeoning upper class with few competitors other than Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and the Cadillac Fleetwood 75. While the long-wheelbase 600 (named for its powerful six-plus-liter engine) was intended to be chauffeur driven, the short wheelbase was meant to be owner driven.
The range of ultra high-tech features on this model made the car extremely popular with the jet set, as well as exotic car enthusiasts. The unique 600 design included self-leveling air suspension, dual-circuit hydraulic disc brakes, and a symbiotic electro-hydraulic control system for everything from windows to the trunk release. Pair these innovative features with a potent 6.3-liter V-8 fuel-injected engine, capable of 250 hp and a top speed close to 130 mph, and the Mercedes-Benz 600 was a formidable competitor in the luxury automobile market.
This US specification 600 was built in 1966, and is one of only 323 manufactured that year. Its early provenance is undocumented, but 10 years ago the car was sent to renowned Mercedes-Benz restorer Peter Krausert, also known as “Herr 600” for his specialization in the model. Krausert is also noted for his association with marque specialist Lothar Motschenbacher. The car was restored to the highest standards in its opulent factory color combination of Dark Red (DB 542) with parchment leather, as designated by the data tag.
The Mercedes-Benz then spent several years in storage in an airplane hangar in Glendale, Arizona. The 600 was subsequently purchased in November 2011 by the consignor, a long- term Mercedes-Benz enthusiast and restorer. Under his supervision the 600 was refreshed, a procedure that included a complete fuel-system restoration. The fuel pump was refurbished and the tank was chemically dipped, stripped, and a special commercial electroless nickel plating was applied before being powder coated. The distributor was refurbished to factory specifications and all four air-suspension bags were replaced. New window hydraulics and switches were fitted, as well as new tie rod ends and tires.
This magnificent 1966 short-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz 600 is stated to be in excellent mechanical and driving condition by the consignor. The paint, leather, and chrome remain in excellent condition and this 600 exudes a presence that is as impressive now as it was when it was first hand built. The 600 is presented for sale today with a file of receipts detailing recent work completed totalling over $25,000. Notably rare, the 600 was recognized in its day as the definitive luxury sedan and possibly the best-engineered car in the world with performance to match, and it is sure to take pride of place under the care of a discerning new owner who values the exceptional.