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|Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB|
Godin Banks Ltd.
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We love these cars, they are simply the finest saloon cars on the road, bar none. This is an early 1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB, Right Hand Drive, finished in Brown with Brown Leather interior. It has the all important Air Conditioning and although the car has been sitting for a few years, is actually in a very good condition!
'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-litre 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 most popular version was the 3,200mm (10' 6") wheelbase limousine that could seat up to six passengers, while the long-wheelbase Pullman - 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. From 1965 there was also a landaulet version of the Pullman, perfect for the official state visit. Despite its not inconsiderable weight the 600 was endowed with highly respectable performance, reaching 60mph (97km/h) in a little under 10 seconds and exceeding 125mph (201km/h) flat out.
The 600 remained in production for a remarkable 18 years and when production ceased in June 1981 a total of 2,190 Limousine and 487 Pullman models had been made.
Our car has come from Singapore so is a very rare Right Hand Drive version, This car is in a very good original condition although it has been in storage for a few years so would benefit from a period of recommissioning. The brown paint is very nice although the chrome has started to pit in places. The interior is very nice indeed and would scrub up very well indeed. The car is complete and presents very well for gentle restoration. The engine does run with a petrol feed but the hydraulics are an unknown quantity. This car was apparently completely restored some years back and has just been left idle, This is a great project and it is rare to find this perfect spec and colours in this kind of condition due to the increase in prices these cars are getting restored all the time.
The car is not Taxed or MOT'd but comes with Singapore papers and all UK customs and taxes paid forms. The market for 600's is steadily increasing as people realise what a fantastic, useable classic car they are and the prices for perfect examples is now in the hundreds of thousands of pounds. This may be your last chance to buy a very nice RHD car with Air Con for a reasonable price. Please be quick if you think this lovely Mercedes may be for you.
Sold on the 21.05.2012