MERCEDES-BENZ

Production Models Book

Model 600

W. Robert Nitske


The 600 model - the Grosser Mercedes - was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963. It restored the tradition of sumptuous luxury and ultimate prestige of Mercedes-Benz.

A new V-type eight-cylinder engine of 6.3 liters (6,329 cubic centimeters) developing 250 horsepower (300 SAE) powered this newest edition of the great Mercedes to a maximum speed of 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour. The 600 model was available in two body styles: a 5/6-seat limousine or 7/8-passenger pullman with wheelbases of 3,200 millimeters (126 inches) and 3,900 millimeters (153.5 inches), respectively. Overall length was 218 and 246 inches. From 1965 on, a landaulet also became available.

This fine automobile incorporated all modern design elements: fuel injection, overhead camshaft engine, air suspension and shock absorbers adjustment, disc brakes on all four wheels, automatic four-speed transmission and power steering, central vacuum locking system for the doors and luggage compartment, adjustable steering wheel, and two separate heating and ventilating systems. It was truly a majestic car of the highest order and an honorable descendant of the distinctive Great Mercedes automobiles of former years.

That year, 1963, the company offered fourteen passenger car models for sale. However, not all of them were made available to the American public, and most of them were naturally not entirely new models.


Production Figures for Model 600

Limousine Pullman
1963 2 units 1 unit 
1964 99 units 8 units
1965 345 units 63 units
1966 293 units 30 units
1967 138 units 21 units
1968 184 units 39 units
1969 279 units 57 units
1970 198 units 38 units
1971 186 units 51 units
1972 172 units 38 units
1973 64 units 18 units
1974 24 units 28 units
1975 25 units 17 units
1976 33 units 14 units
1977 36 units 19 units
1978 28 units 12 units
1979 36 units 17 units
1980 33 units 11 units
1981 15 units 5 units
total 2,190 units 487 units