This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB was purchased by the current owner and collector in 2012 and is offered as a complete project. Finished in Anthracite Gray (DB172) over a Medium Red (240) interior, power comes from a 6.3-liter M100 V8 paired to a four-speed automatic transmission with column shift. After the car was acquired in 2012 by the current owner several maintenance items were addressed including an oil change, new radiator, water pump, and new belts. The 600 was reportedly drivable at the time but was parked shortly after the work was performed. The mechanical odometer currently reads 50,771 miles with a previous odometer swap performed on February 4th, 1975 with a noted odometer reading of 42,719. Features include original and complete brightwork and accessories to make this 600 a complete project and restoration candidate. This 1971 600 SWB is offered by the selling dealer and owner with original parts and records for the work completed in 2012. A bill of sale serves as ownership transfer from the seller to a buyer as the title in Georgia is marked “registration only.”
The car is finished in Anthracite Gray (DB172) and is shown up close in multiple photos throughout the gallery to have fading, crazing, and cracking. Original brightwork is also shown and noted to be complete including window trim, bumpers, door trim, and accessories. Multiple surface-rust spots are shown in the gallery and the paint is noted to be original.
Factory steel wheels are equipped with polished and body-colored covers and Michelin white wall tires. Self-leveling air suspension came standard on the 600. The seller reports that the airbags are leaking on this example and inoperative.
The cabin is trimmed in Medium Red (240) across the seats, door cards, head rests, center console, and dashboard. The seller notes the interior to be original and complete although the leather shows multiple tears and holes. Faded Burl Wood trim is shown on the dashboard in multiple photos and while the original Becker isn’t shown in the dashboard, it’s included with the car. The hydraulic system powering all amenities is mentioned to be inoperable.
Original VDO instrumentation includes a 140-mph speedometer and a tachometer with a 5k-rpm redline. Just over 50k miles are shown on the five-digit odometer with a previous odometer swap performed on February 4th, 1975 with a noted odometer reading of 42,719.
The 6.3L M100 V8 featured Bosch mechanical fuel injection and is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The seller notes the car ran when it was parked in 2012 and a fuel delivery issue led to the car being parked now. The engine does turn with starter fluid.
This 1971 600 SWB is offered by the selling dealer and owner with original parts and records for the work completed in 2012. A bill of sale serves as ownership transfer from the seller to a buyer as the title in Georgia is marked “registration only.” A clean Florida title accompanied the car when purchased.
A video of the car running and driving is viewable below.
As the successor to the Adenauer and the frontrunner for the modern Maybach, the W100 600 is firmly positioned as one of the most important and influential Mercedes-Benz ever built. Not only was it a hulking behemoth of a sedan fit for royalty, but it was truly one of a kind with hydraulic-powered accessories and features. This specific example is exciting for all the right reasons; a blank slate open for interpretation whether it’s a simplified resto-mod or a period-correct driver, we’re excited to see where this car ends up and what the next owner has planned. No matter the outcome there’s no denying how special it is both in history and amongst the W100 community.
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