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1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB Sedan

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CHASSIS NO: 1001212000248

• Meticulously restored by marque connoisseur
• Restored to original configuration
• Outstanding fit and finish throughout
• Limited production luxury sedan
• Luxurious comfort, lively performance


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 126” (320 cm)


By the mid-1950s, Mercedes-Benz had regained all its momentum in the world auto market and with superb engineering and few restrictions on making their cars as close to perfect as possible, this brand had conquered most niches in the world of transportation. Based on some pre-war engineering and design features, the 300 Series “Adenauer” luxury sedans were getting rather dated by the early 1960s. In 1963, at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the next generation of a luxury car from Mercedes was presented with the new 600 six-passenger sedan. Featuring a newly developed overhead cam 6.4-litre V-8 engine, a highly technical air-suspension system, and contemporary styling that brought the marque into the 1960s, the 600 found instant popularity with the “well-to-do” set, and rival luxury brands from around the world looked up with envy. Considered the “short wheelbase” version, these cars were quite popular acting as a modern-day Berline, where the cars could be chauffeur or owner driven. From researching factory records, this stunning sedan, finished in dark blue with dark red leather seating, was delivered new to a client in Venezuela. During the 1980s, this Mercedes traveled back to the European continent, ending up in Italy where it was driven periodically. In the early 2000s, it traveled across the Atlantic Ocean one more time to end up in the care and ownership of our consignor.

Taken down to the bare metal, the car was repainted in its original deep and reflective Medium Dark Blue. What appears to be the original dark red leather interior shows some signs of use but is still very soft and ready to comfort the driver and passengers, while the original door panels have been preserved and are presented in like-new condition. Other features include privacy curtains for the rear passenger compartment, an original Becker Grand Prix multiband radio, Behr factory authorized air-conditioning and a full complement of original gauges which are fully functional. All the interior garnish trim in authentic walnut was expertly restored by Madera Concepts, a leader in automotive woodwork. The car still retains it aerodynamic front headlight treatment and mechanically, this car is rated by its owner as excellent in every way, including the advanced air-suspension system.

When the 600 Sedan was introduced in the early 1960s, it soon became the car of choice for entertainers, business leaders and those who wanted, and could afford, only the best in motoring transportation such as this outstanding example.

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