Lot 33
1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman Limousine


CHASSIS NO: 10001412001391

• Originally ordered for King Idris of Libya
• The grandest of all post-war limousines
• Limited production of 304 examples
• Restored by marque connoisseur
• Incredible presentation; outstanding attention to detail

6,332 cc OHC V-8 engine, Bosch fuel injection, 245 HP, four-speed automatic gearbox, air-suspension with variable ride control, independent front and swing axle rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase 153.5” (3.899 cm)

The Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine was built for leaders of business, high-ranking religious figures including the Pope, and Heads of State. Measuring over 20-feet in length (6.1 m), this was a car that earned respect for those who were chauffeured in the lap of luxury.

One such was El Sayyid Prince Muhammad Idris bin Muhammad al-Mahdi as-Senussi, also known as King Idris of Libya. Appointed to rule over the United Kingdom of Libya in 1951, bringing Libya from a rather rustic Mideastern country of shepherds and farmers to a major player in the production of petroleum. King Idris ruled until September 1969; while out of the country for medical reasons, he was deposed during a coup d’etat by Colonel Muammar Kaddafi.

This spectacular car was ordered for King Idris in the Spring of 1969 by the Libyan Development company. It was readied for delivery on July 11th and was prepared for shipment to Tripoli in Libya. It has not been confirmed if King Idris took actual delivery of this magnificent automobile, there are photos showing his royal highness exiting a 600 Pullman limousine, but experts have noted that the car in the photos sports earlier style wheel covers than the vehicle on offer. What is known, is that after the takeover by Kaddafi, this limousine was apparently sold off as an unneeded asset. This car spent time in Japan then made its way to Southern California where it was to be employed in a vintage limousine service that failed to materialize. Our consignor rescued this mighty Pullman limousine and then undertook a comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration of the car. Stripped to its bare sheet metal it was found that all the original Mercedes panels were in good order. Finished in a deep rich black paint that replicated the original color, this stately car was treated to either new or freshly re-plated chrome trim all around. The original bamboo leather interior appears to be original to the car with only a couple of minor repairs conducted in order to preserve its originality. The original 6.3-litre V-8 was completely gone through as were important items like the electrical, cooling, fuel, brakes and all-important air-suspension systems. The consignor, a true enthusiast of these cars, oversaw the entire process and made sure the car was brought back to the same appearance and mechanical condition as when it left the factory in Stuttgart.

Upon its restoration completion, this Pullman limousine made its debut at the 2016 Forest Grove Concours d’ Elegance where it was garnered the Allen C. Stephens Most Elegant award. This very car also had a recurring role in the popular TV show, “Man in the High Castle”. Outside of those appearances the limousine has remained stored and protected in a climate-controlled environment in order to preserve its beauty. Among some of its outstanding features are the Becker Grand Prix multiband radio, the original Bamboo leather seating throughout the car, beautifully restored woodgrain on the dash and garnish moldings, all the expected power equipment and a fully functional Behr air-conditioning system. A vehicle created for only the most elite businessmen, world leaders and discerning automobile enthusiasts, this fabulous 600 Pullman is sure to be a car collection pinnacle for the new owner.

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