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 Possibly the ugliest 600 in the world
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alabbasi

USA
2870 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  09:23:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Somebody really beat this car with an ugly stick.





1971 Mercedes Benz 250CE (RHD in the UK)
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Tim Hartney

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  13:36:35  Show Profile  Visit Tim Hartney's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've seen this car posted before. Looks to me like the ugly stick work's already done! Probably cost someone a furtune to do it, too.
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Joe Edone

USA
46 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  18:09:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As I recall, this 600 was custom ordered by a middle-eastern sheik, who was apparently infatuated with the 30s 770 look.

Joe Edone
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cth350

USA
1525 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2006 :  19:31:23  Show Profile  Visit cth350's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yeah, that makes mine look good...



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Art Love

Australia
6231 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  02:20:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder how they got the front axle that far forward. Certainly has 770 in it. Just goes to show that money buys anything. The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum died suddenly on the Gold Coast south of Brisbane yesterday while attending the Magic Millions horse racing carnival and horse auction sales. He is being flown home in his personal Boeing 747-400!! I gather there are two floors of penthouse accomodation going very cheaply this weekend at the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Surfers Paradise if any of you guys want to fly over in your personal jets.
Art
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Tim Hartney

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  05:23:51  Show Profile  Visit Tim Hartney's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll have Sedgewick fire up the Gulfstream at once!
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Oliver

Germany
205 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  08:03:42  Show Profile  Visit Oliver's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nah, this one is much worse!

Especially the engine compartment, the vinyl roof and the back seat... YUCK!!

(Actually for sale here in Germany, for a little over $20k, if anyone is interested... no affiliation, of course... )










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Ron B

Australia
11619 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  08:13:51  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
PIMP MAH RIDE!

Didn't that car feature on the USA ebay last year?,Or are there two Ford powered 600's .( I think thats a Ford injection manifold i can see,could be the ubiquitous chevy).
The Sheik,although very much dead and Embalmed ,still has enough clout to have the entire flight organisation of the east coast of Australia and beyond,altered so his plane could take off and fly him home...and 32 of his closest freinds who came along to attend the horse sales.
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Tim Hartney

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2006 :  12:46:00  Show Profile  Visit Tim Hartney's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If I ever felt a need for a different engine for a 600(and just to be clear, I don't), I'd choose a 472 or 500 high compression Cadillac. Very similar power output to the M-100 with TONS of torque, low redline and bullet proof. A small block Ford, no matter how beefed up, in a 5300# car makes NO sense to me at all!

I had an '88 F 150 truck (extended cab full sized bed) with a 5.0 in it and it was utterly anemic...just not enough motor at all. With some mods, MAYBE, but there are better choices for something so heavy. I doubt it would do better in a 600.
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Canadian Ambassador

Canada
76 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  15:48:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 30's look of the 600 was done in Germany for someone in the Middle East. Instead of stretching the car it was widened by about 30cm (14") to give the bodyguards room to stand outside without crowding the interior. I believe it was done in the late 70's.

Mike
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Tim Hartney

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  17:15:24  Show Profile  Visit Tim Hartney's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It might still have some usefulness as a parts car!
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Art Love

Australia
6231 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  18:19:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michael,
That explains the handles on the roof. But what did they do to get the front axle sooo far forward like in the 1920's and 30's cars. Do you know?
Art
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cth350

USA
1525 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2006 :  23:10:01  Show Profile  Visit cth350's Homepage  Reply with Quote
because they widened it. Notice that the front wheels aren't under the hood any more, so they don't have to be sprung in any conventional (for a 600) technique. -CTH
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Art Love

Australia
6231 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2006 :  03:10:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Charles,
I can't see how widening it makes it any easier to put the front axle where it is in front of the radiator like on an SS or a 540K. Those cars had chasses that extended as rails way forward of the radiator. The 600 has a unitary body construction with the chassis components being part of the floor structure. To put the front axle where it is required some sort of extension of the chassis forward to support it.
Art
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cth350

USA
1525 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2006 :  19:56:38  Show Profile  Visit cth350's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Art, the wheels need not be mounted on the original axle assembly.

they seems to be almost in line with the grill. A front sub-carrier for a w116, strung between the conventional axle and the radiator support would have the desired effect.

-cth
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Canadian Ambassador

Canada
76 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2006 :  10:16:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Art,

As far as I know the original 600 was not touched, but the rear and front axles were widened. How the moved the front axle forward I do not know. Could it be, that the radiator was set back and therefor the axle stayed? This would mean just the optics changed.

Michael
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