No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980

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No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon
Chassis no. 100012-12-000980

Sold for € 62,100 (US$ 65,347) inc. premium
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon
Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
« À une époque où afficher sa fortune n'était pas devenu un crime, la 600 fut l'équivalent automobile de Monaco. C'est un chef-d'œuvre de technique, une avancée considérable par rapport à la concurrence et une redéfinition de l'opulence du monde. » Classic & Sports Car.

Au début des années 1960, la gamme Mercedes-Benz en constante expansion négligeait un seul segment : celui de la berline de grand prestige au niveau de la Grosser Mercedes de jadis. Cette lacune fut comblée en septembre 1963 par l'apparition au Salon international de Francfort de la toute nouvelle « 600 ». Représentant le summum de la technique automobile dans pratiquement tous ses aspects, la nouvelle Grosser et sa débauche d'équipements offrait un moteur V8 de 6,3 litres à ACT et injection, la première suspension pneumatique Mercedes avec correcteur d'assiette, une boîte automatique à quatre rapports, quatre freins à disque, une direction assistée, une condamnation centralisée des portes et des systèmes séparés d'air conditionné pour les places avant et arrière. Ses occupants choyés pouvaient aussi profiter des avantages des sièges aux multiples réglages assistés par un système hydraulique complexe qui actionnait aussi les glaces et le verrouillage des portes et du coffre.

La version la plus diffusée était une berline sur empattement de 3 200 mm pouvant accueillir six passagers, tandis que la limousine Pullman à empattement long – véritable monument de plus de 6 mètres de long apprécié des chefs d'Etat et des papes – pouvait recevoir huit personnes. Malgré sa masse respectable, la 600 délivrait de très bonnes performances atteignant 97 km/h en un peu moins de 10 secondes et dépassant 200 km/h en pointe.

Ce rare exemplaire du porte-drapeau de Mercedes-Benz fut acheté par l'actuel vendeur au célèbre Hôtel des Trois Rois à Bâle (Suisse) en 2005. La voiture peinte en bleu foncé avec intérieur en velours assorti comporte sur le toit un coffre à skis spécial. Au cours de ces trois dernières années, la voiture a fait l'objet, par les soins des spécialistes de la 600, Finkelde de Munich, d'une restauration étendue comprenant la réfection de l'hydraulique et le montage d'une nouvelle boîte. (Elle est accompagnée d'un dossier de factures de ces travaux qui s'élèvent à plus de 150 000 euros.) La voiture qui se présente en bon état général possède une carte grise suisse et un certificat de dédouanement pour la zone UE. Vendue sans prix de réserve.



'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 (97km/h) in a little under 10 seconds and exceeding 125mph (201km/h) flat out.
This rare example of Mercedes-Benz's luxury flagship was purchased by the current vendor from the famous Drei Könige/Troi Rois hotel in Basel, Switzerland in 2005. The car is finished in dark blue with matching velour interior, and features a special 'ski box' on the roof for additional luggage. Over the course of the past three years it has been extensively restored by recognised Mercedes-Benz 600 specialists, Finkelde in München - including overhauling the hydraulics and fitting a new transmission - and comes with detailed invoices for work carried out totalling more than €150,000. The car is presented in generally very good condition and offered with old Swiss Carte Grise and is customs cleared for EU. No reserve.
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
No reserve, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon  Chassis no. 100012-12-000980
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