A look back at the Mercedes-Benz 600 (1964 – 1981)
Today we look at one of the more solid entries in automotive history. Revolutionary for its time, technically and in terms of quality, the Mercedes-Benz 600 was about as top of the range as you could go without getting a nosebleed. It was also the go-to car of choice for third-world dictators, but the less said about that the better.
When it came to building the 600, Mercedes-Benz started from the ground up. The intention was quite simply: to build the best car in the world. To do this they would need to design a new engine, platform, body, and interior. What they managed to accomplished was a technical tour de force; the car of choice for the governments of the worlds, not just mere business magnates.
Following the unveiling of the Mercedes 600, it was widely accepted that the Germans had succeeded in their aim of building technically the best car in the world. Weighing in at 2.5 tonnes (the Pullman seven-seater with the long wheelbase weighed more), and this was before bulletproof glass and body panels were added. There was also air suspension, vacuum central locking, two heating and ventilation systems, plus a brand new 6.3-litre V8 with Bosch fuel injection.
The limousine version had considerable longevity, remaining in production for 18 years and achieving everything its manufacturer had set out for it.