Lot 43

2018   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2018

1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

SOLD $110,000


$120,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Formerly the Property of Star NBC Orchestra Conductor Don Ricardo
One of 184 SWB Limousines Built in 1968
Accompanied by Books, Tools, Jack, and Emergency and Hydraulic Service Kits
Recently Serviced by Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville
A Wonderful Example of the Desirable 600 SWB

Technical Specs

6,332 CC SOHC M100 V-8 Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
250 BHP at 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Power Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Pneumatic Springs
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Formerly the Property of Famed NBC Orchestra Conductor Don Ricardo

A means of transportation for heads of state, celebrities, and businessmen, the W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 was one of the most prestigious luxury cars in the world. The forebear of the modern Mercedes-Benz Maybach, the imposing 600 was the company’s flagship from 1963 to 1981, and hand built in a variety of body styles.

The 600 used engine-driven hydraulics for operating multiple systems, including windows, seats, door locks, and an adjustable air suspension that provided unrivaled ride quality. Given these hydraulic amenities, a stouter 6.3-liter M100 V-8 engine producing 250 hp and 369 lbs./ft. of torque was specially developed for the Grosser Mercedes (Grand Mercedes).

Finished in black over tan leather with copious amounts of wood trim, this 600 was one of 184 short-wheelbase limousines built in 1968. Once owned by Don Ricardo, the famed conductor of the NBC Orchestra, this 600 was purchased in 2004 by The Brumos Collection through the Scott Grundfor Company, a Mercedes-Benz specialist. Displaying less than 64,000 miles, this 600 presents in lovely overall condition, with recent attention paid to the air suspension, and a service was performed at Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville, Florida.

Offered with books, tools, jack, spare, and its emergency and hydraulic service kits, this Mercedes-Benz 600 was the ultimate in luxury motoring during its day, and is ready to be enjoyed by its next steward.