<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607

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Lot 345
1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase

US$ 100,000 - 120,000
£ 81,000 - 97,000
1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase
Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607

6,329cc 8-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
250bhp at 4,100rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Dual-Circuit Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Double-Wishbone Air Front Suspension
Swing-Axle, Self-Leveling Air Rear Suspension

*One of only 323 produced in 1966
*The ultimate of motoring luxury in its day
*Recipient of recent mechanical work courtesy of Star Motors
*Well sorted air and hydraulic systems


THE MERCEDES 600

'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-liter 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 also 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. Only 2,677 examples had been made when production ceased in 1981, of which 2,190 were four-door saloons, 428 were Pullman limousines, and 59 were landaulettes.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The luxuriously appointed Mercedes-Benz 600 short wheelbase on offer has been the benefactor of dutiful ownership. The wonderful state of the vehicle's grey leather interior, wood, and trimmings is the result of its previous owner, Robert Berlin, commencing a refurbishment of the interior along with additional mechanical work via Karl H. Middelhauve.

After being purchased by the current owner roughly a decade ago, the work on the vehicle was continued. Well known amongst the marque's enthusiasts, Star Motors of Endicott, New York was made responsible for sorting out the hydraulic and air suspension systems. Tens of thousands of dollars were spent ensuring that the both were made fully operational. It can be testified that the system holds pressure very well, and upon inspection by a Bonhams specialist we can further report that after having sat with the engine off for a number of minutes, the windows protracted with guillotine like force. In addition, the gas tank and surrounding componentry were replaced, and the engine received a tune up. Lastly, the Becker Grand Prix radio, was further rebuilt, and while not installed at the time of photography, a newly refinished back bumper will be affixed onto the car by the time of sale. Receipts will be available for all of the work performed, and it is recommended that those interested in the vehicle visit the history desk, or contact a specialist to view the aggregation of paperwork.

Quite possibly the most advanced car of the 1960s, the Mercedes 600 is still a wonder today. The suppleness of the ride, powerful motor, and luxuriously appointed interior make for a truly timeless motoring experience. Such a well sorted example, thanks to the efforts of renowned marque specialists, makes for a desirable proposition indeed. Do not miss this opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of Mercedes-Benz's finest creations.
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<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
<b>1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Wheelbase</b><br />Chassis no. 100.012-12-000607
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