1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 6-door Pullman Landaulet

Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions
Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

This Mercedes-Benz 600 is powered by the distinctive M100 6,332-cc overhead-valve V8 engine developed specifically for the Grand 600s. The engine produces 245 horsepower. The car is equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission; double-wishbone air-spring independent front suspension; swing-axle rear suspension with air springs; and four-wheel, power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. The car is built on the 600 Pullman wheelbase of 3,900 mm (153.5 inches).

The Landaulet Pullmans are considered the “holy grail” for collectors. Making this one even rarer, it is a 6-door model, one of only 26 ever built. This example is being offered for sale publicly for the first time ever, from only its second owner. It has been hidden away for over three decades and is completely original and unrestored in “barn-find” condition. As such, it represents an exceedingly rare and special opportunity for the right buyer.

The world’s most important people were driven in Mercedes-Benz 600s, and for those who were not only important but who also ruled the world, the top choice of the 600s was the Pullman Landaulet. This imposing custom-built car of state featured a folding convertible top over the rear seat, allowing its passengers to stand before their public during parades and other ceremonial occasions. It was such an exclusive example that it was never actually included in the 600 catalog or price listing. Each 600 was individually handcrafted to order, matching the rather unique specifications of its original owner with a cost and level of labor intensity that was usually more often associated with private aircraft.

Offered here is one of very few Pullman Landaulets that have an interesting and unique early history and currently remain in private hands. It was one of a mere 26 produced with six doors, and it was specially ordered with the most state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment available in 1971, including a 23-cm (nine-inch) Sony television with all the ancillary equipment required, including an antenna on the rear deck; a Becker Grand Prix radio system with no fewer than eight interior speakers; and even a telephone. All of this was surrounded by the comfort of optional armrests, the security of seatbelts, and the privacy of curtained windows.

This Pullman Landaulet is a remarkably complete, ideal restoration project that is being offered from its second owner, and it is the only 6-door variant presently available for sale. It marks a rare chance for a dedicated Mercedes-Benz enthusiast to acquire what is truly the ultimate 600, and it is perhaps the most important “car of state” of the modern era.

Gary Anderson

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Gary is also Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com.

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