Lot 165 - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine *WITHDRAWN*
|Registration||UK Taxes Paid|
|Odometer reading||9,148 miles|
|Estimate||£130,000 - £150,000|
*WITHDRAWN* DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS LOT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE AUCTION
Introduced in 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 600, internally designated the W100, had few peers apart from the new Rolls-Royce Phantom V. It featured a new 6,332cc, overhead-cam V8, a dry-sump design with Bosch mechanical fuel injection that developed 245hp, as well as air suspension for a wonderful ‘boulevard ride’ and a high-pressure hydraulic system that provided every power assist imaginable. There was a limited slip differential, servo steering and hydraulic disc brakes with vacuum servo assist at both ends. Other amenities included hydraulically operated windows, sunroof, glass partition, boot lit, horizontal/vertical movement and backrest angles of seats as well as fully automatic controlled air conditioning. There were two wheelbases, 126" and 153". The shorter wheelbase versions were both saloons, a division was optional. Long wheelbase cars were called ‘Pullman’ and included a four-door division limousine, a six-door version with additional jump seats and a Landaulette. A mere 487 Pullmans were manufactured through to 1981, although only a few were built, all to individual special order, from 1972. Many were delivered new to various rulers and heads of state worldwide and some of them remain, well-maintained and still highly impressive, in government fleets to this day, even ‘The King’, Elvis Presley, had a Pullman.
This Mercedes-Benz was delivered new in Germany and is finished in Anthracite Grey metallic with a tan interior. In 2019 extensive recommissioning work was carried out by Bond Cars Ltd at a cost of over £29,000 with particular attention being paid to the brakes, hydraulics, and air suspension. New Pullman specification air bags were fitted, and the interior tidied a little and detailed. The bumpers have been re-chromed and a new set of tyres at a cost of £1,800. The car comes with the original Data card confirming the cars specification and the original owner which was Alpine in Augsburg. Not UK registered but the all-important NOVA certificate is present confirming that the necessary UK taxes have been paid. This example is one of the most imposing of all post-war cars, smooth, quiet, and ridiculously comfortable.
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