Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet

The Mercedes-Benz 600 was the company’s third generation post-war luxury car and the successor to the W186/189 “Adenauer” models. A massive and imposing automobile, it had few peers apart from the Rolls-Royce Phantom V and, arguably, stretched Cadillacs and Lincolns. There were two wheelbases: 3,200 mm and 3,900 mm. 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 limousine and a six-door car with additional jump seats. Most 600s – 2,190 of them – were on the short wheelbase. Long wheelbase Pullmans numbered just 429. The 600 line remained in production until 1981, although only a few were built after 1972.

Rarest of the 600s was the Pullman Landaulet, of which only 59 cars were built. Principally the province of popes and potentates, the Landaulet had a collapsible convertible top over the rear passenger compartment. It was available in both four- and six-door versions, of which each could be ordered with a longer convertible top that extended to the middle partition. Custom paint, interior design and special equipment ensured that no two cars were identical.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

245 bhp, 6,332 cc V8 engine, four-speed automatic gearbox, double-wishbone air spring independent front suspension, swing axle rear suspension with air springs and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 3,900 mm (153.5")

Source: RM Auctions

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