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The Grand Mercedes – “Der Große Mercedes”

In 1963, the Mercedes 600 Großer (translated as “The Big”) was the world’s most expensive car. Back in the day, a far-reaching list of affluent celebrities owned one inlcluding Elizabeth Taylor, John Lenon, Elvis Presley, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, and even Playboy boss Hugh Hefner!
Interestingly, numerous dictators too, were Mercedes-Benz 600 enthusiasts. Park Chung-hee, Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Josip Broz-Tito, Enver Hoxha, Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il, Saddam Hussein, Blofeld from James Bond and Nicolae Ceaușescu, all of them owned one.

This limousine had everything you could ever imagine in the 60’s and probably even futuristically. From hydraulic windows, hydraulic seats, hydraulic doors to a hydraulic sun-roof and an air-conditioned cocktail cabinet.
The entire vehicle weighed 2.8 tonnes and it rides on air-suspension. The suspension could be appropriated to a 3000 psi, with the press of a button!
Powered by a Bosch fuel-injected 6.3 litre V-8, the wheels churned out a 500 Nm torque. It could do a top speed of 205 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h only required 10 seconds.

MERCEDES-BENZ W100 600 PULLMAN. Courtesy : Mechatronik.

There was also a Maybach version of this ultra-luxury limousine. Namely the 600 Pullman which was supposedly the pinnacle of luxury and modern tech in the 70’s automobile engineering. Mechatronik, a prestigious tuning company based in Stuttgart, Germany is expecting a grand sum of 2.320.500,- € (incl. 19% VAT) for this one of one, completely restored limousine in pearl white.


Nihar Hareesh View All

Founder, Content Creator at The Krankshaft.

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