One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250

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Lot 149
One owner from new, 1969 Mercedes 600
Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250

Sold for € 83,950 (US$ 85,435) inc. premium
One owner from new
1969 Mercedes 600
Chassis no. 10001212001197
Engine no. 10098012001250
"A une époque où afficher sa richesse n'était pas un crime, la 600 était l'équivalent automobile de Monaco. Un chef-d'œuvre de technologie, une avancée considérable sur la concurrence, et la redéfinition du mot opulence." — Classic & Sports Car magazine.
Au début des années 1960, la gamme Mercedes en constante expansion présente une lacune dans un domaine : une voiture de très grand prestige, dans la lignée des grosses Mercedes du passé. Ce manque est comblé en septembre 1963 avec l'apparition au Salon de Francfort de la toute nouvelle Mercedes 600. Représentant le nec plus ultra de la technique automobile dans tous les domaines, la nouvelle-venue suprêmement équipée est animée par un moteur V8 6,3 litres à arbre à cames en tête et injection. Elle comporte la première suspension Mercedes pneumatique avec réglage variable, une transmission automatique à quatre rapports, quatre freins à disques, une direction assistée, un système d'air conditionné séparé pour les places avant et arrière. Ses occupants choyés profitent des avantages des sièges réglables en tous sens grâce à un système hydraulique sophistiqué, qui actionne également les vitres et aide à l'ouverture et la fermeture des portes et du coffre.
La version la plus diffusée est la limousine basée sur l'empattement de 3,20 m et qui peut accueillir jusqu'à six occupants, alors que la version Pullman — un véritable Léviathan plus long de 50 cm et particulièrement apprécié des chefs d'Etat, sans oublier toute une série de papes — peut en recevoir huit ! Malgré un poids respectable, la 600 offre des performances tout à fait honorables, atteignant 100 km/h en moins de 10 secondes et dépassant 200 km/h en vitesse de pointe.
Ce rare exemplaire du vaisseau amiral de Mercedes-Benz n'a connu qu'un seul propriétaire (suisse) depuis son achat neuf et a été immatriculé en Suisse pour la première fois en 1972. Parfaitement d'origine, cette voiture n'a couvert que 100 300 km et a bénéficié en 2008-2009 d'une révision complète par Mercedes-Benz, à la suite de quelques années d'immobilisation (voir les factures dans le dossier, nouvelle pompe à essence, nouvelle soupape de suspension plus de 10 000 francs Suisse). Revêtue de sa teinte d'origine vert foncé avec une sellerie Havane merveilleusement patinée, équipée d'un poste de radio Becker Grand Prix d'époque, elle est offerte avec son livret d'entretien original, son manuel d'instructions, son carnet de service tamponé, son Expertise suisse (27/03/2009) et son "permis de circulation" suisse (vétéran).


‘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 most popular 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 highly respectable performance, reaching 60mph in a little under 10 seconds and exceeding 125mph flat out.
This rare example of Mercedes-Benz’s luxury flagship has enjoyed only one (Swiss) owner from new and was first registered in Switzerland in 1972. Highly original, the car has covered only 100,300 kilometres from new and in 2008-2009 was fully serviced by Mercedes-Benz following some years in storage. Parts replaced/work undertaken include the fuel pump, suspension valve, exhaust system...(see invoices totalling more than 10,000 Swiss francs on file). Finished in its original livery of dark green with wonderfully patinated Havana leather interior, the latter featuring period Becker Grand Prix radio, the car is offered with its original service booklet, owner’s instruction manuals, Swiss Expertise (27/03/2009) and Swiss Permis de Circulation (veteran).
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
One owner from new,1969 Mercedes 600  Chassis no. 10001212001197 Engine no. 10098012001250
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