Driven: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Driven: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

If you're looking for an automobile that had as its fans the great, the good and the bad of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, then look no further than the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, possibly the ultimate plutocratic limousine.

And here's a handful of the most famous: Coco Chanel, Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, George Harrison and Elvis Presley. Of those you'd file under 'dictator' or 'world leader', you can add Nicolae Ceau?escu, Josip Broz Tito, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, FW de Klerk, ?amon de Valera, Pol Pot and Enver Hoxha. You can also include Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, noted Citroen SM fan Idi Amin and former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. We'll leave you to decide who from this roll call drops into which category of 'famed' owner.

Finding a 600 Pullman that's not been owned by someone of note must be quite difficult, given that a mere 2,677 of these fabulously expensive cars were built between 1963 and 1981. We're in Kuwait to drive one of only two complete, running 600s in the Kingdom, an automobile which you'll not be surprised to learn has an interesting ownership history. And that's not counting its current owner, Ahmad J Al-Qathiby


Published Dec 7th, 2015
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