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Magnificent Merc

This incredible 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman has just been added to Historics’ winter auction.

Historics descibe it as: “A magnificent machine in every way.”

To be honest, I think that’s a massive understatement.

It is, quite simply, totally spectacular.

This staggeringly brilliant vehicle goes up for grabs on November 23.

Until this giant entered the auction room like Cassius Clay in his pomp, ripping attention from everything else, I’d already written about three of my favourites.

You’ll get details of these cars and the event here:

Pullman history goes back to 1868, when ambitious industrialist and entrepreneur George Mortimer Pullman patented the Pioneer sleeping car.

He wanted to revolutionise – first and foremost – rail travel.

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But from that time on, the Pullman Palace Car Company transferred the concept of spaciousness and luxury to the automotive industry, which they also supplied with vehicle bodies.

In 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 600, internally designated the W100, had few peers apart from the new Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

It featured a new 6,332cc, overhead-cam V8, a dry-sump design with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, that developed 245hp, as well as air suspension for a wonderful “boulevard ride” and a high-pressure hydraulic system that provided every power assist imaginable.

There was a limited slip diff, servo steering and hydraulic disc brakes, with vacuum servo assist at both ends.

Other goodies included hydraulically operated windows, sunroof, glass partition, boot lid, horizontal/vertical movement and backrest angles of seats and fully automatic air conditioning.

There were two wheelbases, 126″ and 153″. The shorter wheelbase versions were both saloons with an optional division.

Long wheelbase cars like this one were called Pullman and included a four-door division limousine, a six-door version with additional jump seats and a Landaulette.

Just 487 Pullmans were manufactured through to 1981, all to individual special order.

Most were delivered new to various rulers and heads of state worldwide and some of them remain, well-maintained and still highly impressive, in government fleets to this day.

Needless to say, “The King”, Elvis Presley, had a Pullman.

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Finished in Raven Black with a light tan interior, this Pullman is in superb condition. Built as a four-door limousine (with division) it’s only one of 304 cars built in this configuration.

Benefitting from conference seating – one of the rarest options available – its twin facing rear seats are divided by a neatly housed cocktail cabinet, above.

A powered partition allows for additional privacy from the chauffeur.

Auctioneers Historics add: “This magnificent car has benefitted from significant investment in recent times including a full repaint, the woodwork (of which there is lots) has been removed, stripped and refurbished.

“The chrome work has also been removed and re-chromed, however perhaps the most time, attention and expense has gone into the interior trim, which has been completely re-trimmed in the correct OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) style.

“This example of one of the most imposing of all post-war cars is smooth, quiet, and ridiculously comfortable.

“It is a magnificent machine in every way.”

Estimated value: £230,000 – £270,000.

The auction catalogue is now online and allows access for two people for £30.

Details here:

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