Mercedes-Benz 600

Starting with the most important facts about the 600; famous owners include Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Jason Kay, Aristotle Onassis, Josip Broz-Tito, Mao Zedong, Heikki Valkama, Simon Spies and even the king himself, Elvis Presley. All of these people loved the 600 as the model featured many luxuries, including a complex hydraulic system, which powered everything from the windows and seats to the automatic closing doors. The model was even available in several variants: a 4-door sedan on a short wheelbase, similar to a modern S600 sedan in layout; a 4-door sedan on a short wheelbase but with a power window separating the front seats from the rear bench seat; a 4-door limousine on a longer wheelbase featuring two rear-facing seats and a rear bench seat. Most, but not all, had power windows; and a 6-door limousine on a long wheelbase chassis. This had two forward facing jump seats stationed at the middle two doors and a rear bench seat. To sum it up, the Mercedes-Benz 600 was a large luxury automobile. It was meant to represent the absolute pinnacle of automobile engineering, and when introduced in 1963 it had few competitors. Fabrication began in 1965 after two years of promotions, with most styles built through 1972, however modest production continued to 1981. During this span of time, 2,677 vehicles were made. This model had no equal in the Mercedes-Benz lineup until the introduction of the modern Maybach 57 and 62 models. The 600 was so heavy that a colossal 6.3L V8 engine with overhead camshafts and Bosch mechanical fuel injection was specially developed to move the vehicle. Adjustable air suspension gave the car a smooth ride and good handling over any road surface, although the car's agility was inevitably compromised by its mass, which makes it odd that it was selected so often as a limo.