NTX Auto Museum’s 1971 MercedesBenz 600

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Mercedes-Benz S 600

1971 Mercedes-Benz 600

The Mercedes-Benz 600 was a luxury automobile, intended to the absolute pinnacle of automotive When introduced in September, it had few competitors, except Rolls-Royce and limousines produced by Cadillac and It was also at this time the expensive car in the world. It was intended to be by a chauffeur, and featured an internal window separating the front and seats.

Production began in and most 600 variants were until 1972. The oil crisis, as as the introduction of new S-Class models, demand. Modest production until 1981. During time, 2,677 vehicles made.

The 600 featured many including a complex hydraulic which powered everything a pressure of 150 bar, from the and seats to the automatically closing and boot.

The 600 is also notable for having the loudest horn fitted to any car and also has a hydraulically-operated sunshine as demonstrated by Jeremy Clarkson in 5, series 11 of Top Gear.

Owners

from the Pope and governments, owners of the 600 include celebrities as Coco Chanel, Hugh Elizabeth Taylor, John George Harrison, Jay Kay, Onassis, Jack Nicholson, Spies, Bob Jane, Frank Elvis Presley, Rowan and Jeremy Clarkson, Communist include Nicolae CeauÅŸescu, Broz-Tito, Fidel Castro, Pol Enver Hoxha, Leonid Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il also a landaulet (as seen on a parade in with Chinese prime Oct. 2009) and religious Guru Maharaj Ji. African Idi Amin Dada, Jomo and the former Philippine President Marcos had four 600s a Landaulet, a 1981 bulletproof and a version.

Iran royal court and Shah Mohammad Reza owned multiple 600 models were used for official and use of the late Shah and his court. of them were sold the 1979 islamic revolution and a dozen of them are in the National Car of Iran in Karaj

Other owners include Saddam Frederik Willem de Klerk, De Valera and Herbert Grier.

Mao in fact never owned a but rather the Russian made (as gifts given by Joseph and latter the Chinese made FAW CA72 and armored CA722. former Foreign Minister Yi, Deng Xiaoping, wife of the Chinese Primier Zhou — Deng Yingchao, and the King of Cambodia Norodom when he fled to Beijing the Cambodian coup of 1970 all the 600.

Models

The model came in two variants:

short wheelbase

sedan, similar to a modern sedan in layout.

4-door but with a power divider separating the front seats the rear bench seat.

wheelbase chassis Pullman

Mercedes-Benz S 600

limousine, featuring additional two seats behind the driver which was separated by a power window (in all but three built)

limousine, with two forward jump seats stationed at the middle two doors and a rear seat.

A few of the limousines were made a convertible top over the rear compartment and were called This was mainly intended for use, by the Pope, or by the German e.g. in 1965 during the of Queen Elizabeth II, when she was by Kurt Georg Kiesinger in tour in Baden-Württemberg. Production of model ended a year in 1971.

Mercedes made two one of them as a gift for Dr. Rudolf when he retired. He had designed the together with Fritz and Karl Wilfert. A third was constructed from a 600 SWB by Karl and associates.

Some companies the car, according to wishes of A funeral coach (hearse) was from an SWB car. This and the two coupés mentioned above, to the present day in the United States.

Engine

The 600 was so heavy that the engine of Mercedes at that the 6-cylinder 300, was inadequate. a new engine with more twice the capacity was specially to move the vehicle and its hydraulically amenities, the massive 6.3L V8 engine with single camshafts, dry sump and Bosch fuel injection. Adjustable air gave the car a smooth ride and handling over any road

Produced from 1964 to 1981 in low numbers, this had no equal in the Mercedes-Benz lineup the introduction of the modern Maybach 57 and 62 in 2002.

The 600’s M-100 and air suspension were fitted to the 6.3 model in 1968, providing the (and more affordable) car more competent propulsion. the introduction of the W116 chassis, a version of the M-100 was installed in the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9.


Mercedes-Benz S 600
Mercedes-Benz S 600

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