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Maybach Landaulet History and Specs

The 600 model was the only built as a production landaulet but the basis for the Maybach landaulet

by Clark | 21 February 2011

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Mercedes-Benz in the post-war period saw a functional of the landaulet, from a versatile design for city and country to a vehicle used almost as a parade car. This led to the design becoming an extreme during the second half of the century Mercedes-Benz built 59 landaulets based on the Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100), plus a few exclusive specially manufactured in the company’s Most famous of all are the Mercedes-Benz made as papal cars.

tradition started in 1960 a Mercedes-Benz 300 d landaulet. In fact had already given the Vatican an car for the pope’s use some decades in 1930. But in contrast to the earlier car” – a Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 limousine – this time the had a folding convertible top at the rear. John XXIII himself had a landaulet body for the new automobile Stuttgart. The meticulously handcrafted W 189 (only two of which were made) was based on a chassis a wheelbase lengthened by around 45 to a total of 3.6 meters. The car was also ten centimeters higher than the model.

The three-liter six-cylinder engine developing 160 hp/118 kW was the as in the production version. This the papal car a top speed of 160 km/h, but of it was generally driven at a much sedate tempo on official At such times, with the open, the rear side could be completely removed and in specially designed brackets in the The partition between front and seats and the front windows electrically operated and lowered by pressing a button.

The locking devices for the roof were accessible from the seat, and the convertible top itself was and closed in a matter of seconds. automatically opened out from the car when the rear doors opened, making it easier for the to enter and alight from the The throne-style seat for the pontiff was in the middle at the rear, facing in the of travel, with two folding opposite, attached to the partition, for staff. Around the papal which was electrically adjustable, the controls for air conditioning, intercom and functions. At the presentation of the car in 1960, the was clearly delighted with the equipment.

Landaulet as small-run series: Mercedes-Benz 600

The 300 d landaulet considerable attention – but the most development in the history of this design in the second half of the century came with the factory-built landaulet versions of the 600 (W 100). In the book “Mercedes-Benz published in 2001, author Hofer describes the landaulet this model series as “a old-style parade car, a automotive treasure.” And indeed, of state like Queen Elisabeth II, Pope Paul VI and his and heads of government all around the chose this model to onlookers as they drove the streets. The German government regularly called on a Mercedes-Benz 600 for ceremonial occasions, although the was not owned by the state. Instead, the car was in the company fleet in Stuttgart and available on request.

Production of the 600 model, in the “Grand tradition, started in September The Pullman landaulet, along a number of limousines, was a production of the Pullman body with the wheelbase of the W 100. Mercedes-Benz its customers four different versions based on this design: the standard version had doors, facing rear and a folding top extending as far as the front of the rear doors. There was a special six-door version a seat bench in the rear and fold-out seats facing in the of travel. In this variant, as in the Pullman limousine, the middle could also be provided handles. Both the above – the four-door and six-door design – also be equipped on request a long convertible top reaching as far as the

All these versions were on a long-wheelbase W 100 chassis, but in 1967 a short-wheelbase W 100 landaulet was also The vehicle was commissioned by Count von The ex-racing driver’s Mercedes-Benz 600 the handling qualities of a short-wheelbase with the traditional virtues of the The time and effort involved in one-off project indicates the 59 Pullman landaulets built represented a “series production” in the strict sense – in fact, such a wide variety of equipment options and special it would be difficult to find two 600 landaulets. But one thing all these had in common was their exceedingly price. The exclusive body with the folding convertible top did not on the official price list, but the 600 was regarded as the world’s most production car of its day.

Mercedes-Benz 600 landaulet for the Vatican

In Mercedes-Benz presented the Vatican another landaulet based on the W 100 The manufacture of the car was a cooperative project of the and production departments in Sindelfingen. The landaulet was presented to Pope VI at his summer residence in Castel by Hermann Josef Abs, of the Supervisory Board of Daimler-Benz AG, Manager Walter Hitzinger, and of Management members Fritz and Arnold Wychodil, along Karl Wilfert and three from the Daimler-Benz plant in

The equipment of this landaulet from the production version in details: the rear doors 25.6 centimeters wider, and right up to the partition. The rear also included new operating designed to be within easy from the papal seat centrally in the back of the passenger The designers at Sindelfingen made the seven centimeters higher to ample head room – a required because of the flat in the rear of the W 100, concealing the shaft tunnel beneath. equipment included air conditioning, an for communicating with the driver, and the to shift the single armchair-style at the rear in several different

The pontiff was delighted with the technology in his W 100. “The of Mercedes has become proverbial all the world for German diligence and – which makes this all the more precious,” said VI in his words of appreciation for the automotive achievements of the team in Stuttgart in 1965. The Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman bearing the legendary license SCV 1 (the abbreviation for “Stato Città del Vaticano”) is now on display in the Museum in Stuttgart.

W 109 and V 140 landaulets built in-house

And the at Mercedes-Benz built another two for the Vatican in the years after both based on standard The first of these papal built as early as 1966 a single rear seat, was a based on a

Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL limousine (W 109 with standard wheelbase meters). The seat could be to the right if necessary to create for a passenger on the fold-out seat on the partition. This car remained in use for years, in parallel with the W 100 The 300 SEL was not equipped with quite the level of luxury as the Mercedes-Benz 600 – for there was no air conditioning in the shorter The car was however retrofitted with plating in 1981.

This was in 1997 by a landaulet based on the S 500 with a long wheelbase (V Like its predecessors, this was a “no spared” one-off project combined traditional values contemporary technology. The car had numerous equipment features. The electro-hydraulically convertible top, when was five centimeters higher in the limousine, to provide more room above the papal On taking delivery of the vehicle in in 1997, Pope John II was given a briefing on the car’s features and praised the design.

Heir to a great tradition

The 600 was the only Mercedes-Benz ever as a production landaulet over the 60 years. However, the brand has made good use of this of bodywork with specially superstructures as for the papal cars. The of a unique driving culture is epitomized in the landaulet is as strong as in Stuttgart. And it is this knowledge and heritage from the past provides the basis for the Maybach in 2007.

Technical details of ceremonial cars

Mercedes-Benz 300 d with long wheelbase (W

Two units built, for the Vatican and the factory fleet

Six-cylinder engine

Displacement of 2996 centimeters

160 hp/118 kW at 5300 rpm

3600 millimeters

Length millimeters

Width 1995

Height 1720 millimeters

300 SEL landaulet (W 109)

One unit for the Vatican

Six-cylinder in-line

Displacement of 2996 cubic

170 hp/125 kW at 5400 rpm

Wheelbase millimeters

Length 5000

Width 1810 millimeters

600 landaulet with long (W 100)

26 six-door and 32 four-door produced

V8 engine

Displacement of cubic centimeters

250 hp/184 kW at rpm

Wheelbase 3900 millimeters

6240 millimeters

Width millimeters

Height 1500

Mercedes-Benz 600 landaulet with wheelbase (W 100)

Maybach Landaulet

One unit for Count von Berckheim

V8 engine

of 6332 cubic centimeters

250 kW at 4000 rpm

Wheelbase 3200

Length 5540 millimeters

1950 millimeters

Height millimeters

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman (W 100)

Special version modified doors, folding top and interior One unit manufactured for the

V8 engine

Displacement of 6332 centimeters

250 hp/184 kW at 4000 rpm

3900 millimeters

Length millimeters

Width 1950

Height 1570 millimeters

S 500 long-wheelbase landaulet (V 140 E 50)

One unit for the Vatican

V8 engine

Displacement of cubic centimeters

320 hp/235 kW at rpm

Wheelbase 3140 millimeters

5213 millimeters

Width millimeters

Height 1526

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