Gentlemen, Your Classic Mercedes Pullman Limousine Has Arrived

In the market for a limousine to be driven around in (rather than drive yourself)? There’s any number of options on the market today, from Rolls-Royces to luxed-up vans. But those with a more classic sense of style may be more enticed by this old Merc.

It’s a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 – which was already one of the most luxurious and stately vehicles of its time, favored by heads of state and captains of industry the world over. But this is no ordinary “Grosser Mercedes” (as the 600 was known). This is a Pullman.

Instead of riding on a 126-inch (3.2-meter) wheelbase, the 600 Pullman measured a stately 153.5 inches (3.9 meters) between the axles. And that gave it plenty of room inside for whatever wealthy individuals were to occupy its cabin, putting it (much like the modern Maybachs) in territory otherwise held only by Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

While Daimler made some 2,677 examples of the 600 from 1963 through 1981 – positioned above what would become today’s S-Class – only 304 of them were built as stretched Pullmans. That makes them rather hard to come by these days. But this one is coming up for auction.

Resplendent in dark blue with a deep red interior, this Pullman was purchased by its current owner in 2005, and has been subject in the past two years alone to over $40,000 in restortation and service – including to its state-of-the-art hydraulic suspension.

“It would be difficult to find a fully serviced 600 in comparable mechanical condition,” asserts RM Sotheby’s, which will auction this classic limousine off to the highest bidder at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles just over a month from now.

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Photos by Robin Adams for RM Sotheby’s

  • Blade t

    This old limo is sweet looking..

  • Roland Fairwater

    Ah, yes, the car made famous in the 21st century by our old friend, Clarkson. What a beautiful beast.

  • Afi James

    the car is more famous for the show falcon crest.

  • Bash

    ……. And as good looking as always. What an incredible limo.

  • emjayay

    It would be interesting to know who buys it. Some super rich Hollywood mogul or star who wants something different? At this point it’s sort of like the Isotta Fraschini touring car that transported Norma Desmond around Los Angeles, only two and a half times older. Yes, the progress from horseless carriage to modern car was a lot faster in the earlier decades. Once we got to the shoe box ’49 Ford it’s only been incremental progress.

  • Joff

    The one to beat

  • Momogg

    This car had 30 years of advance in 1969.
    And still today it’s stunning!

  • Grosser is one of my favorite car ever. But this example seems to have no history, I assumed it was owned by some limousine renting company. Which is shame, I want mine to have some history.

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