Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from a Private Collection

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Lot 246

1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 Four-Door Pullman

  • Chassis no. 100.014.12.001065

Sold for $148,500


300 bhp, 6,332 cc OHC V-8 engine, four-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. Wheelbase: 153.5 in.

  • Offered from a private collection
  • One of only 304 four-door Pullman limousines
  • Highly original car with one repaint
  • Division partition with television and stereo


Introduced in 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 600 was the company’s third-generation post-war luxury car. Internally designated W100, it was the logical successor to the W186/189 Adenauer models and had few peers apart from the Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

At 146 inches in length and 7,350 pounds loaded, the new 600 was more than a match for its predecessor’s six-cylinder engine, so a new powerplant, a 6,332-cubic centimeter overhead-cam V-8, was developed. It was a dry-sump design with Bosch mechanical fuel injection and developed 245 horsepower. Air suspension gave the car a boulevard ride, and a high-pressure hydraulic system provided every power assist imaginable.

There were two wheelbases, 126 and 153.5 inches. The short-wheelbase versions were both sedans, one with a division window and one without. Long-wheelbase cars were called “Pullman” and included a four-door division limousine, a six-door version with additional jump seats, and a Landaulette. Most 600s, 2,190 of them, were on the short wheelbase. Long-wheelbase Pullmans numbered just 487. The 600 line remained in production until 1981, although only a few were built after 1972.

The four-door Pullman offered here has been a Seattle car for most of its life. Repainted in the original black, it is otherwise highly original. The interior is done in beige leather, and although it shows some age, it does not exhibit wear. The long wheelbase gives ample room to seat four in the passenger compartment, and a cherry wood console on the division partition hosts a Sony television and Panasonic stereo system. Of course, air conditioning is provided. The odometer shows slightly more than 71,000 miles, which is believed to be original. The engine compartment shows use commensurate with the mileage.

A throwback to an earlier era of long-wheelbase limousines, this Mercedes-Benz Pullman displays an elegance not seen in today’s Cadillac and Lincoln executive transportation. As one of 304 four-door Limousines, its occupants are unlikely ever to see another outside the opera house or film premiere.

Addendum

Please note that the hydraulics for the Mercedes-Benz 600 do not appear functional. The air suspension will operate sufficiently while the car is running and will retain pressure for approximately 12 hours. While many of the gauges and interior controls are functional, the trunk self closing mechanism and power seat adjustment controls are non-operational and will require attention and repair. RM Sotheby’s recommends the car is thoroughly inspected for safety and operation prior to any type of street use. Please speak with a representative of RM Sotheby’s for further information or prior to bidding.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more