1971 Mercedes-Benz 600

Pullman Landaulet Limousine
Broad Arrow Monterey Jet Center 2022
Thursday, 18 August 2022
Sale Price
$2,000,000 - $2,500,000
Est. Range
18 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
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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