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5 February 2014

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Lot 16

1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 'Six-Door' Pullman Landaulet

  • Chassis no. 100.015.12.001861
  • Engine no. 100.980.12.001943
  • Gearbox no. 002111
  • Body no. 7002

Sold for €537.600


245 bhp, 6,332 cc overhead-valve 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: 3,900 mm

  • The “holy grail” of Mercedes-Benz 600s
  • One of only 26 six-door Landaulets built
  • Offered publically for the first time ever, from only its second owner
  • Hidden away for over three decades
  • In completely original and unrestored “barn-find” condition
  • An exceedingly rare and special opportunity


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 custom-built car of state, constructed on an imposing 3,900-millimetre chassis, 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 motor car that it was never actually included in the 600 catalogue or price listing. Each was individually handcrafted to order, matching the rather unique specifications of its original owner with a cost and level of labour 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 remains 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-centimetre 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 is 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 six-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.






Moteur V8, 6 332 cm3, soupapes en tête, 245 ch, transmission automatique quatre rapports, suspension avant indépendante pneumatique à double triangle, suspension arrière pneumatique à essieu brisé oscillant, freins à disques hydrauliques assistés sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 3 900 mm.



  • Le "Saint-Graal" des Mercedes 600
  • Un des 26 exemplaires de Landaulet six portes
  • Proposée pour la première fois publiquement à la vente, par son second propriétaire
  • Cachée pendant plus de 30 ans
  • État complètement d'origine, non restauré, "sortie de grange"
  • Opportunité extrêmement rare




Les personnages les plus importants du monde se faisaient transporter en Mercedes 600 et pour ceux qui, en plus d'être importants, gouvernaient le monde, le choix ultime était la version Pullman Landaulet. Cette voiture de chef d'État, produite artisanalement sur un imposant châssis de 3,90 m d'empattement, comportait une capote repliable au-dessus de la banquette arrière, ce qui permettait aux passagers de rester debout devant leur public au cours de parades et de défilés officiels. Ce modèle était à ce point exclusif qu'il n'apparaissait ni sur les catalogues de la 600, ni dans les tarifs. Chaque exemplaire était réalisé spécialement conformément à la commande et aux aménagements spéciaux réclamés par le client. Le coût des travaux et le temps qu'ils réclamaient s'apparentaient plus à l'aviation privée qu'à l'automobile.



La 600 que nous proposons ici est une des très rares Pullman Landaulet dotée d'une histoire unique et appartenant à un propriétaire privé. Il s'agit d'un des 26 exemplaires produits en version six portes. Elle a été commandée à l'époque avec ce qui se faisait de mieux en matière de système audio/vidéo, avec un écran de télévision Sony de 23 cm accompagné de tout l'équipement nécessaire, y compris une antenne sur le coffre arrière, un autoradio Becker Grand Prix relié à huit haut-parleurs et même un téléphone. Tout cet équipement est installé dans le confort d'accoudoirs en option, la discrétion procurée par des rideaux de fenêtres et la sécurité apportées par les ceintures adéquates.



Cette Pullman Landaulet est un projet de restauration idéal et remarquablement complet. Entre les mais de son second propriétaire, il s'agit de la seule 600 six portes disponible aujourd'hui sur le marché. Elle représente pour un passionné de Mercedes l'occasion rare d'acquérir la version vraiment ultime de la 600, et peut-être la plus importante voiture de chef d'État de l'ère moderne.

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