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Lot 335: Mercedes-Benz 600SWB Limousine

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

"In an age when flaunting your wealth wasn't a crime, the 600 was the automotive equivalent of Monaco. It's a masterpiece of engineering, a quantum leap over its opposition, and redefines the word opulence." - Classic & Sportscar magazine.

By the commencement of the 1960s, Mercedes-Benz's ever-expanding model range was lacking in only one department: a super prestige saloon to rival the Grosser Mercedes of the past. This gap was filled in September 1963 with the appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of the all-new 600. Representing state-of-the-art automotive engineering in just about every department, the supremely well-equipped newcomer featured an overhead-camshaft, fuel-injected, 6.3-liter V8 engine - Mercedes' first - air suspension with variable ride control, four-speed automatic transmission, all-round disc brakes, power-assisted steering, central locking and separate air conditioning systems for front and rear compartments. Its cosseted occupants enjoyed the advantages conferred by multi-way adjustable seating powered by a sophisticated system of hydraulics that also operated the windows and assisted in opening/ closing the doors and boot lid.

The favored version was the 3,200mm (10' 6") wheelbase saloon that could seat up to six passengers, while the long-wheelbase Pullman limousine - a veritable leviathan exceeding 20' in length and beloved of Heads of State, not to mention a succession of Popes - could accommodate up to eight. Despite its not inconsiderable weight, the 600 was endowed with sports car performance, reaching 60mph in under 10 seconds and exceeding 125mph flat out.

Sold new by Loeber Motors in Chicago, Illinois to Mel Boldt & Associates for use private, chauffeur driven executive limousine, it remained in the car of its first owner until 1978 when it was purchased an attorney in Ohio. For the next 22 years, it remained with its second owner until it was again sold in 2000. Meticulously maintained since new and with only 71,000 original miles on the clock, the car is accompanied by all of its books and records to show its lifetime of dealer maintenance. Equally at home as an owner-driver car or chauffeur driven, this magnificent three-owner from new Mercedes-Benz 600 is certainly one of the finest ways to travel, then and now.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number335
Estimate$65000-$75000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$75000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$87750
Year1966
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number10001212000487
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4