Back in the sixties, all through the 70s and the early 80s, if you were a head of state, or someone of similar importance or gravitas, the car to be seen in was the 1963 Mercedes-Benz 600, or subsequent models, not that they changed much. This was the car for anyone who’s anyone, and if you were of that sort, you would not only get the 600, but the 600 Pullman, the stretched-out version, with a 153 inch wheelbase, optional glass separation between front and back, and extra seats. The level of refinement and luxury were, of course, unparalleled. Needless to say, this classiest of beasts was terribly expensive, and very, very few of either version were built.
Moving all 5,500 pounds of this car – for the sedan, never mind the Pullman – required some serious brawn; thankfully, such was available, in the form of a fuel-injected, 6.3-liter V8 producing 300 horsepower. With so many ponies under the hood, the 600 was no slouch; it could reach a top speed of 123 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in less than 10 seconds, at the price a dreadful fuel consumption, but I recon that was never a problem for these car’s owners.
The 600 was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, and an air suspension powered by a pump, which gave this big car a firm yet comfortable ride. Thanks to its well-designed suspension, excellent disc brakes and superior power steering, the enormous Mercedes 600 was surprisingly nimble and fun to drive. Again, most owners probably never drove them.