1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Four-Door Pullman

By the dawn of the 1960s, Mercedes-Benz had expanded its model range substantially, yet one crucial segment remained unaddressed: the realm of ultra-luxurious saloons to rival the esteemed Grosser Mercedes of yesteryears. This void was elegantly filled in September 1963 with the unveiling of the brand new 600 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

This masterpiece of automotive engineering embodied cutting-edge technology across its entirety. The impeccably outfitted newcomer boasted a groundbreaking overhead-camshaft, fuel-injected 6.3-liter V8 engine—Mercedes’ premier venture into this domain. Additionally, it featured air suspension with adaptable ride control, a four-speed automatic transmission, all-around disc brakes, power-assisted steering, central locking, and separate air conditioning systems for both front and rear compartments.

Ensuring utmost comfort, its pampered passengers luxuriated in multi-way adjustable seating, propelled by a sophisticated hydraulic system that also facilitated window operation and aided in the opening and closing of doors and the boot lid.

The most sought-after variant was the 3,200mm (10′ 6″) wheelbase saloon, accommodating up to six passengers. Meanwhile, the elongated Pullman limousine, a titan surpassing 20 feet in length and cherished by Heads of State and a lineage of Popes, could host up to eight occupants. Despite its substantial weight, the 600 delivered commendable performance, accelerating to 60mph in just under 10 seconds and effortlessly surpassing 125mph at full throttle.

Remarkably, the 600 remained in production for an impressive 18 years. When production ceased in June 1981, a total of 2,190 Limousine and 487 Pullman models had been meticulously crafted.

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