Lot 124 - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limousine
|Odometer reading||71,079 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
At one point in time, Mercedes-Benz built, arguably, the finest luxury automobiles in the world. In its post-war recovery, they shifted focus towards more practical family saloons, followed by cars of a more sporting nature. By the early 1960s, however, Rudolf Uhlenhaut felt the time had come for Mercedes-Benz to re-establish itself as a builder of ultra-premium models, ones where, in his words, “costs were of secondary importance.” As impressive as the rest of the car was, however, its biggest break from convention was the hydraulic system that operated the windows, power seats, sunroof, doors, boot, suspension damping and ventilation system. While lesser vehicles used electric motors to regulate many of these functions, the Mercedes-Benz engineers believed that if cost was no object, hydraulic systems, would be smoother, quieter and longer-lasting.
The complicated nature and limited numbers built have now meant that examples of the 600 series are relatively rare and usually enormously expensive. It is rare indeed then to find not one but two unrestored examples, this one, in brown, was imported in 2010 from Kuala Lumpur, thought to be the property of a wealthy family and now with all duties paid. It is reportedly up and running (although not confirmed) but does require extensive work to bring it back to the condition it deserves. The bodywork is in average condition but there are areas that certainly need stripping back. The hydraulics are obviously not pressurised and, as such, the seats are not in position. The interior wood is peeling and the leather seating needs restoration. It is worth noting that the vendor states that, with the engine last running six or seven months ago, the car rose to its correct height. Whilst the reserve is set extremely low, Historics recommend a proper inspection prior to bidding.
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