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The Mercedes-Benz 600 (W100) is a line of ultra-luxury cars produced by Daimler-Benz from 1963 to 1981. The forerunner of the modern Maybach marque, the Grosser Mercedes ("Grand Mercedes") succeeded the Type 300d "Adenauer" as the company's flagship model. It was positioned above the 300-series Mercedes-Benz W112 in price, amenities, and status. Its few competitors included British and American equivalents such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lincoln Continental, Cadillac Series 75, and Imperial. It was well known for its ownership among celebrities and political leaders throughout the late 20th century.

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Mercedes-Benz 600 (W100)
Also called
  • Grand Mercedes
  • Grosser Mercedes
  • 19631981
  • 2,677 built[1]
  • SWB: 2,190
  • LWB: 428
  • Landaulet: 59
Body and chassis
ClassUltra-luxury car
Body style
LayoutFR layout
Engine6.3 L M100 V8
WheelbaseSWB: 3,200 mm (126.0 in)
LWB: 3,900 mm (153.5 in)
LengthSWB: 5,540 mm (218.1 in)
LWB: 6,240 mm (245.7 in)
Width1,950 mm (76.8 in)
HeightSWB: 1,500 mm (59.1 in)
LWB: 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Curb weight2,990–3,280 kg (6,592–7,231 lb)
SuccessorMercedes-Benz S 600 (600 SWB; 1993–present)
Maybach 57 and 62
(600 Pullman; 2002–2012)
Mercedes-Maybach S 600 (600 LWB; 2015-present)
600 Pullman in Mercedes Museum, formerly transporting guests of the German Government
Mercedes 600 Landaulet
600 in Museum Sinsheim, sitting low until the air compressor re-supplies pressure to the suspension

Generally, the short-wheelbase (SWB) models were designed to be owner-driven, whereas the long-wheelbase (LWB) and limousine models, often incorporating a central divider with power window, were intended for chauffeur operation.