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Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

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  • Now that IS the real deal. In the 60s my dad was friends with the chauffeur for the head of MB Aus, who drove a white one of these with a red leather interior. Phwoar. He used to give dad a lift home sometimes and I got to play in it. In a sea of Vee Dubs, Morrie Minors, Holdens, Fords and Valiants this thing was like a space ship. It was hugely impressive, and when he started up that V8 and took off I damn near fainted. Such strong memories of it.

    I also remember once playing with the sunroof, windows etc and having a heart attack when it all stopped dead. I went inside and confessed, but my dad's friend just laughed - it was all hydraulic and with the engine off it simply ran out of grunt.

    I have always craved one but I know you need serious wealth to own these things. They are so complex and fragile. We used to use a Swiss mechanic back in the day and he had several down the back of his shop. He told me in no uncertain terms to avoid unless I wanted to be permanently destitute. Still want badly though...
    hengampSpac
  • I have always craved one but I know you need serious wealth to own these things. They are so complex and fragile. We used to use a Swiss mechanic back in the day and he had several down the back of his shop. He told me in no uncertain terms to avoid unless I wanted to be permanently destitute. Still want badly though...

    Didnt you need to be either a rolling stone/beatle/dictator of an oil rich country to get around in one of these in the 60s?
  • Pretty much, yep. Even now, TBH
    timbo
  • The Mercedes Benz Grosser, I Iove and know this car well.
    My Father and his 2 business partners each had one of these as their daily drivers when I was a kid. I have been fascinated by this car ever since. It was quite the sight to see all 3 parked together at the house or their office in Chippendale.
    I recall attending the Royal Easter show as a Kid and while queuing on South Dowling street to park, a security guard opened a gate and ushered us in to park thinking we were important. The 600 really does have that kind of presence. There is a book about the car and its history as it had an eclectic owner base, from most of the worlds evil dictators (my dad Included) to musicians and film stars.
    The car was a Hydraulic and Pneumatic engineering marvel and nightmare. Every time I mentioned a desire to own a 600 to my dad, he would remind me of the repair costs.
    Even so, I still tried to buy one some time back. It previously belonged to one of my dad's partners, who fell on hard times and used it as security for a small loan. The car was parked up in a Balmain back yard deteriorating. The fellow who had the car (security for the loan) was no longer friendly with my dad but dad made the introduction for me to buy the car anyway. After I made the purchase inquiry, the guy put the 600 on ebay as a nice FU gesture to us.
    This is what the car looked like at the time. It got about 25k on ebay in 2008 IIRC.


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    It is worth noting the M100 engine has mechanical injection and in 2008 the MB list price for the fuel injection pump was something ridiculous like 30K :open_mouth:

    And yes, foolishly I still lust after this car and would own one tomorrow finances permitting.
    I will dig through the photo albums and look for some photos of our Dads car.

    My Dad finally parted ways with the 600 for an RR Corniche hardtop. What is funny about this is Top gear did a special between Jeremy Clarkson in his MB 600 and James May in his RR Park Ward. This special is about as close as I will get to owning either. I blame both the 600 and the Corniche for my unhealthy attraction to large luxo barges i cant afford.

    Sorry for my rant, Im clearly still not over the sale of the 600. Cool memories though!

    timboChrisegadsJamest5r_Ex850Rdmmnugget_940Canoebgpzfm142
  • A cheaper entry point into luxury with hydraulic suspension:
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    jackafricahengamp
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    A cheaper entry point into luxury with hydraulic suspension:
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    No.
    Disco_Inferno
  • There is a green one that shows up to shannons eastern creek classic most years

    Dam nice car
  • CanoeCanoe (@Canoe) Sydney,NSW.
    I knew a guy who had one of these for about 18 months.
    HE thought he was a "hero" owning this...bragging to everyone he would rerstore it...
    and that we should be "impressed" that he owned it.
    The guy was a moron! I knew him through my parents, and he made sure lots of people got to ride in it, including me
    Anyway, 18 months later he sold it without restoring it.
    "The car does not maketh the man".
    Xs4Eyes
  • I still want a w140 powered by the m120
    One of the only other MB where pricing was worked out after the car was designed
  • Awesome cars. The CX are also fantastic cars but a sad state of affairs in France during the 70s cause them to be poorly made, not like the DS.

    DS- Designed by engineers and executed by engineers

    CX- Designed by engineers executed by accountants

    I own a 98 Xantia Turbo. Amazing hydropnumatic ability for ride and handling.


    mb600 mmmm yes please!

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