Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100)
The unveiling of the Type 600 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1963 caused a sensation: an exclusive prestige vehicle with every technical refinement set the benchmark in terms of automotive engineering. The new 6.3-litre V8 injected engine delivered a maximum output of 250 hp along with a peak torque of 51 mkg. Maximum possible driving safety came courtesy of the adjustable shock absorbers and the pneumatically assisted dual-circuit braking system. All four wheels were equipped with disc brakes. As a special feature, no fewer than two brake callipers on each front wheel made for optimal deceleration.
Not only the air suspension ensured maximum ride comfort; also the unique central hydraulic system enabled silent adjustment of the front and rear seats. It also opened and closed the side windows, vehicle doors, boot lid and optional sliding sunroof. In addition, customers were able to individually configure their vehicle, with the result that, of the 2677 units produced between 1964 and 1981, no two vehicles were alike. It was not stated in any price list that the W 100 was available in a specially protected version. The first bullet-proof vehicle to be built by Daimler-Benz after the war was a saloon with raised roof cap produced in June 1965. For select customers who were exposed to a potential threat and had the necessary resources at their disposal, a total of 43 specially protected Type 600 vehicles were built between May 1971 and November 1980, all of which were equipped with a roof cap of normal height. These were 26 saloons and 17 Pullman saloons, including a 6-door version.
The Mercedes-Benz 600 on offer was produced in 1979: it was one of the special vehicles for the company’s own fleet service. This department hired out the saloons to select customers, such as the German government. Whenever an important member of a country or government visited Germany, the German Foreign Office ordered a factory saloon from Daimler-Benz AG along with a specially trained driver, who chauffeured the guest during their stay in Germany. After the guest had departed, the vehicle returned to its base at the plant in Untertürkheim. The saloon was in service in this manner for a total of two years, from 1979 to 1981. It was not officially registered, but drove on military licence plates of the German Armed Forces. In 1981, the owner of a large Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Stuttgart region bought the saloon and from then on put it on view as an eye-catcher in his showrooms. Thanks to its special relationship with the long-standing owner, Mercedes-Benz Classic in 2014 had the opportunity to reacquire this rare vehicle. The photos show the original car; the marked pictures are archive photos of other vehicles and are for illustration only. The vehicle was in service for only two years, in which time it covered around 56,000 km.
The vehicle having been professionally stored by the second owner, the body and interior were excellently maintained and in surprisingly authentic original condition. For this reason, the focus of the experts at Mercedes-Benz Classic was on the powertrain as well as the peripherals (brakes, hydraulic system and chassis/suspension), which had suffered from the long period out of service.
The first phase of work involved removing and disassembling the powertrain with engine, transmission and all chassis/suspension components. This was followed by an appraisal of the components, with all parts being cleaned, visually assessed and measured. The aim was to maintain the existing fabric of the vehicle to the maximum possible extent and to preserve its authenticity. Where replacement was unavoidable, use was made of genuine Mercedes-Benz parts.
The powerful light-alloy V8 engine with its two banks of cylinders required special knowledge. When installed, it powered not only the 2.47-tonne saloon, but also numerous accessories responsible for the convenience functions in the Type 600. To guarantee the reliable operation of the engine, Mercedes-Benz Classic opted for a complete overhaul. The same applied to the automatic transmission. The complex hydraulic system of the W 100 model series posed a challenge. Many metres of high-pressure pipes ran through the car. Numerous valves regulated and controlled the system pressure to allow the convenience functions, such as power windows, seat adjustment or door closing system, to work silently and reliably. To overhaul the system, Mercedes-Benz Classic was fortunately able to rely on a small group of experts with the necessary skills. The entire braking system was also reconditioned, as were the air conditioning and air suspension. All the work is documented. The purchase price includes 19% VAT.
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948 = Standard holder right incl. bar
The presentation of the 600 model at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt created real sensation. Since the new top model had been designed as an exclusive representative car, intended to fulfill the highest demands, it was serially equipped with many technical details, which taken together, stood for the highest standard that could be achieved in technological terms at the time.
For the first time in the history of Daimler-Benz, a V8 injection-engine was used which delivered maximum power of 250 hp from a 6.3-liter cubic capacity and maximum torque of 51 mkg. In connection with the standard automatic transmission this car achieved a driving perfomance, typical for a sports car. The 600 model, weighing almost two and a half tons, reached a maximum speed of of 205 kph and accelerated in 10 seconds from 0 to 100 kph.
Shock absorbers, which could be adjusted at the steering column during the ride as well as air-pressure supported dual circuit brakes offered a maximum of safety. All four wheels were equipped with disk brakes. The front wheels had moreover been fitted with two double jaw brakes each.
The extemely generous basic equipment of the 600 model, air suspension, powerbrakes, central lock systems and an electronic heating and airing system afforded a maximum of ride comfort and easy handling. Unique hydraulics for extra comfort ensured automatic operation of the following functions: horizontal and vertical adjustment of the front seats, inclination control of the back of the seat, adjustment of the rear seats in longitudinal direction, opening and closing of the vehicle doors, the boot lid, the optional sliding sunroof as well as of the side windows.
Serial production of the „Grand Mercedes“ began in September 1964. Apart from a five- and six-seated sedan with 3200 mm wheelbase, three seven- and eight-seated Pullman versions with 3900 mm wheelbase were available: a four-door Pullman limousine with rear seating in a face-to-face arrangement, a six-door Pullman limousine with rear seats and additional folding tables in driving direction and a Pullman landaulet. The last was available in four different versions. The standard version had four doors, rear seating in a face-to-face arrangement and a hood, reaching to the front edges of the rear doors. As a special design, a six-door version with rear seats and additional fold-down chairs in driving direction was also available. As with the six-door Pullman limousine, the doors in the middle could also be ordered without handles. Both landaulets, the four-door as well as the six-door version were also available with an long hood, which extended to the middle partition.
Even more exclusive than the landaulets were the special security sedans and Pullman limousines. Like the landaulets, they were not included in any price list. The first bullet-proof vehicle by Daimler-Benz after the war was built in June 1965; this was a Pullman limousine with an elevated roof. It had many special security features and like some other ordinary Pullman limousines, had not been ordered by a customer but remained part of Daimler-Benz‘ motor vehicle fleet to be hired out to the government or to other potential users. Another car of this type was completed in 1980, which also remained at Sindelfingen.
For special customers who were faced with potential threats and who had the necessary financial means, 43 special security 600 models were built between May 1971 and November 1980. Unlike the two cars of Daimler-Benz‘ vehicle fleet, they all had a roof of ordinary height. These cars included 26 saloons and 17 Pullman limousines, one of which was a six door version.
The numerous body designs, however, did not yet exhaust all the possible choices. Regarding paint, interior design and special equipment many different customer requests could be fulfilled, so that it is probably impossible to find two cars with identical equipment – especially among the Pullman limousines and landaulets.
In this context, three individual cars should be mentioned, which, regarding equipment details and technology, have no equal. In September 1965 a four-door Pullman landaulet was built for Pope Paul VI, which had an individual seat and some other special equipment. Moreover, the car was characterised by an elevated roof, extended rear doors, which started immediately behind the front doors and the raised floor of the rear cabine, so that the cardan tunnel did not interfere. For two decades the car had been used by three popes and returned to Stuttgart only in 1985. Since that time it is exhibited at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
In May 1967, a customer with a strong propensity for sports, requested a special design, which would combine the easy handling of the curtailed 600 model with the advantages of the landaulet. Consequently, a car with a shorter wheelbase was produced. This car was restored at the end of the 80ies and is now in private ownership.
The same is true of a two-door coupe version with a shorter wheelbase which was produced as a prototype in August 1965 and was sold in the USA after spending some time in the testing department. The car found its way back to Germany at the beginning of the nineties and is now in a private collection after being fully restored.
The last 600 was produced in Sindelfingen in June 1981; during a 17-year production run a total of 2,677 of these cars were built, 429 of which were Pullman limousines and 59 landaulets.