Born in 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 600 (better known for its codename “W100”) has been one of the most expensive German vehicles on sale for a long time. Built to compete with other extraordinarily exclusive cars such as the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the W100 was released in three variants: the “Limousine” considered baseline, measures 5,54 meters in length and weigh just over 3000 kilograms; the “Pullman”, which can be purchased as a 4-door or as a 6-door, reaches a record length of 6,24 meters and a weight of 3350 kilos; the third variant, or the “Landaulet”, has the same structure as the Pullman but is reserved only to famous politicians and influential people like the Pope, who received a Landaulet as an homage from the German brand. The design of the 600 is absolutely traditional and immediately recognizable as that of a Mercedes; while there’s no space for aesthetic innovations, numerous classic elements make the W100 look regal. The interior is thought to offer the purest comfort to the passengers, and in the 6-door variants, the last two rows of leather seats form a classy sitting area, like in a first-class train. While the air conditioning is available as standard, some premium features like the fridge and the TV are very expensive options. The pneumatic suspension is faultlessly calibrated to make the passengers feel like the car is never moving, while the task of managing a so imponent mass is entrusted to a powerful V8 engine and four disk brakes. Due to the 70s’ oil crisis, the W100’s production ended before the expectations in most of the countries. However, this vehicle remained on sale until 1981 in the United Arab Emirates. This vehicle’s successor, the Maybach W240, came out in 2002.
🏎️ Mercedes-Benz 600 W100 Limousine
🛠️ “M100” V8 6.3 250HP
💶 No longer on sale
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