Mercedes 600 Landaulet W100 1971 – Niemcy

Mercedes 600 Landaulet W100 to reprezentacyjna limuzyna, której długo nie mogła dorównać żadna konkurencja. ‚Grosser’ debiutował w 1963 roku, będąc inżynieryjnym arcydziełem. Napędzany nową jednostką 6,3 l V8, wyposażony w pneumatyczne zawieszenie, automatyczną skrzynię biegów, klimatyzowany przedział kierowcy i pasażerów, zapewniał fenomenalny komfort i fantastyczne osiągi (przyspieszenie do pierwszej setki w 10 s i prędkość maksymalna na poziomie 200 km/h). Powstawały wyłącznie na specjalne zamówienie, do 1981 zbudowano ich 2677, w tym 2190 czterodrzwiowe sedany, 428 przedłużone limuzyny Pullman i zaledwie 59 sztuki w otwartej wersji Landaulet, takiej jak prezentowana. Zamówiona i użytkowana przez pierwszego prezydenta Republiki Senegalu, musiała robić w Afryce piorunujące wrażenie. Po latach powróciła do swojego matecznika, będąc jedną z atrakcji aukcji Mercedes-Benz Sale, organizowanej w Stuttgarcie przez dom aukcyjny Bonhams. Oczekiwana cena za częściowo odbudowany w 2012 roku samochód to ok. 4,3 – 6,4 mln PLN.

Link: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23590/lot/138/

Lot 138
1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 LANDAULET
Chassis no. 100.015-12-001879
Engine no. 621830
0riginal Mercedes-Benz replacement engine
€1 million – 1.5 million
PLN 4.3 million – 6.4 million

AUCTION 23590:
THE MERCEDES-BENZ SALE
14:30 CET
STUTTGART, MERCEDES-BENZ MUSEUM

1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Landaulet
Chassis no. 100.015-12-001879
Engine no. 621830 0riginal Mercedes-Benz replacement engine

•One of 59 landaulets on the Pullman chassis
•Delivered new to the Republic of Senegal
•Partially restored in 2012
•Registered in Germany

‚In an age when flaunting your wealth wasn’t a crime, the 600 was the automotive equivalent of Monaco. It’s a masterpiece of engineering, a quantum leap over its opposition, and redefines the word opulence.’ – Classic & Sportscar magazine.

By the commencement of the 1960s, Mercedes-Benz’s ever-expanding model range was lacking in only one department: a super prestige saloon to rival the Grosser Mercedes of the past. This gap was filled in September 1963 with the appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of the all-new 600.

Representing state-of-the-art automotive engineering in just about every department, the supremely well-equipped newcomer featured an overhead-camshaft, fuel-injected, 6.3-litre V8 engine – Mercedes’ first – air suspension with variable ride control, four-speed automatic transmission, all-round disc brakes, power-assisted steering, central locking and separate air conditioning systems for front and rear compartments. Its cosseted occupants enjoyed the advantages conferred by multi-way adjustable seating powered by a sophisticated system of hydraulics that also operated the windows and assisted in opening/closing the doors and boot lid.

The most popular version was the 3,200mm (10′ 6″) wheelbase saloon that could seat up to six passengers, while the long-wheelbase Pullman limousine – a veritable leviathan exceeding 20′ in length and beloved of Heads of State, not to mention a succession of Popes – could accommodate up to eight. Despite its not inconsiderable weight, the 600 was endowed with highly respectable performance, being capable of reaching 100km/h in 10 seconds and exceeding 200km/h flat out. Only 2,677 examples of all types were made, of which 2,190 were four-door saloons, 428 were Pullman limousines and 59 were landaulets.

Celebrity owners of the Mercedes-Benz 600 have included Elvis Presley, John Lennon, George Harrison, Jack Nicholson, Coco Chanel, Hugh Hefner, Ronnie Wood, Aristotle Onassis and Rowan Atkinson. The roll call of dictator owners is similarly impressive: Nicolae Ceauşescu, Marshal Tito, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Enver Hoxha, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il all being represented.

This impressive example of Mercedes-Benz’s luxury flagship is one of the limited run of 59 cars constructed by the factory with landaulet coachwork on the long-wheelbase Pullman chassis, 49 of which were left-hand drive like this car, and 10 right-hand drive. Chassis number ‚1879’ was despatched from the factory on 18th June 1971 bound for Dakar, capital of the Republic of Senegal, almost certainly for the use of the country’s President, Léopold Sédar Senghor. Partially restored in 2012 (invoices available), the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with a German registration document and (copy) Mercedes-Benz data card, the latter showing that the engine has been changed.