For Sale:1969 Mercedes 600 Pullman 4dr Limousine
Chassis No: 10001412001369
1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman
The Mercedes-Benz 600 was a range of ultra-luxury cars produced between 1963 and 1981 and was the forerunner of the modern Maybach marque. The 600 was the company's flagship, the most expensive model and was essentially coachbuilt. The most popular amongst the bodywork options was the long-wheelbase, four-door "Pullman" limousine, with two additional rear-facing seats separated from the driver's compartment by a dividing power window and just 429 of these substantial motor cars were built, including the superb example on offer here.
This home-market car was delivered new to the German company “Alpine” in 1964, presumably to transport important staff and clients, before the company was subject to a take-over by a Japanese firm around 20 years ago. As a company asset, the vehicle then made its way over to Japan where it spent many years before being imported to the UK fairly recently.
Representing state-of-the-art automotive engineering of the era in just about every department, this supremely well-equipped luxury car featured four-speed automatic transmission, all round disc brakes, power-assisted steering, central locking, separate air conditioning systems for the front and rear compartments, and insulated glass all around. The 600 Pullman’s great size, weight, and numerous hydraulically driven amenities required more power than Mercedes' largest engine at that time could produce so a new V8 with more than twice the capacity was developed, the 6.3-litre M100. Featuring single overhead camshafts (SOHC) and Bosch mechanical fuel injection, it developed around 250bhp offering highly respectable performance, reaching 60mph in a little under 10 seconds and exceeding 125mph flat out.
One of the most notable features of these models is their sophisticated 150-bar (2,176 psi) hydraulic pressure system which operates the multi-way adjustable seating, windows, opening and closing of doors and boot lid, whilst adjustable air suspension delivers variable control, excellent ride quality and sure handling over any road surface.
Stylishly presented in Anthracite Grey Metallic paint with a Tan interior, this example has been subject to extensive recommissioning work in 2019 by Bond Cars Ltd. at a cost of over £29,000. This attention included an overhaul of the hydraulics and braking system, the air suspension was stripped and the parts sent to the leading specialist in Germany to be worked on and vacuum tank tested, new Pullman-spec airbags on all sides were fitted and the interior was tidied and detailed. The bumpers were re-chromed and five new tyres fitted at a cost of £1,800.
The car is accompanied by copies of the original Factory Data Card outlining the vehicle’s specification and sale to ‘Alpine’ in Augsburg, a printout from Mercedes-Benz confirming the vehicle details, an invoice from Bond Cars (£29,261.15 + VAT) for the aforementioned work, and the current NOVA Certificate.
It was noted by Bond Cars that the windows are performing slowly which would indicate that the window valves and central locking hydraulic units may require an overhaul and consequently Fiennes Showroom are selling the Mercedes as ‘requiring further recommissioning’.
We appreciate your interest in this remarkable vehicle and would welcome any inspection.