1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limousine with Division
|Odometer reading||962 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £20,000|
The list of celebrity owners is a lengthy one. Hugh Hefner had one, and so did the Pope. John Lennon and George Harrison both owned 600s, but so did Nicolae Ceausescu, Pol Pot and Idi Amin. Even Saddam Hussein reportedly owned a 600 that now belongs to the Petersen Museum. Famously Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond’s arch enemy in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and ‘Diamonds are Forever’, rode in a Mercedes-Benz 600.
It is rare indeed to find a sleeping beauty such as this. Imported from Mombasa in Kenya in 2006 (with all duties paid), it was taken as a bad debt in 2015. The bodywork is complete and she still sits on inflated rubber. A restoration began some years ago and the engine was taken out ready for a rebuild. Circumstances then overtook the project and the engine remained on the pallet untouched. The interior is complete however although it does require extensive attention to return it back to its original luxurious condition. This model benefits from a central division amongst its other special features such as rear picnic tables, space for decanters and air conditioning (unconfirmed). It is also interesting to note that there is a sunroof available for the rear passengers to wave to their adoring public. With only circa 340 righthand drive examples made and, supposedly, less than 10 with a sunroof and division, it is a rare beast indeed. Whilst the reserve is set extremely low, Historics recommend a proper inspection prior to bidding.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.