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1971 Mercedes-Benz 600

Pullman Landaulet Limousine
$2,590,000
Sale Price
$2,000,000 - $2,500,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
18 August 2022
Sold Date
40
Lot Number
#2
Recent restoration
Broad Arrow Auctions
Auction House
Chassis number 10001512001861. Black with a Black cloth top over Cognac leather. 6329cc V-8/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, rear window curtains, glass partition, intercom system, Sony television, tape recorder, air conditioning, heat-insulating glass, fire extinguisher, radio remote control system in rear, tape recorder with microphone and connection to the Becker Grand Prix TR radio, two loudspeaker systems with 14 speakers, rear armrest with cosmetic case and Braun electric razor.

Evaluation: Represented as one of 26 six-door Pullman Landaulets built, and sold new to the Democratic Republic of Congo (renamed Zaire later that year) with the customer listed as Staatapräsident Mobutu, aka the DRC’s President Mobutu Sese Seko, who led the country from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu used the mile-long Mercedes in public events until swapping it out for a Cadillac limo in the 1980s. Since restored to high standards. The rare body style and nifty period features, especially the television, make it a standout and help distract from it being an African dictator’s ride of choice.

Bottom line: This car sold at RM Paris eight years ago for €537,600 ($648,912) and at the time it was a long-dormant, dusty project. It must have been outrageously expensive to bring it back to life (the 600 shares few parts with other Benzes, not to mention this one’s special features), so the restoration deserves acclaim. A standard 600 or even a long-wheelbase Pullman normally isn’t anywhere close to being a seven-figure car, but this is one of the most lavishly equipped and coolest Grosser Mercedes ever screwed together, and it wears the rarest body style. It’s a unique car, deserving of this uniquely high price.

by Andrew Newton
30 August 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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