Tuesday, 17 March 2015

1978 MERCEDES BENZ 600 SWB - CLASSIC AUTOMOBILES

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1978 MERCEDES BENZ 600 SWB
  

Description

The Merecedes 600 needs no introduction at all, It was a beautiful yet imposing technological tour de force and for that reason, famous owners of the 600 have included the Pope and celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, George Harrison, Karen Carpenter, Jay Kay, Aristotle Onassis, Jack Nicholson, Simon Spies, Ronnie Wood, Bob Jane, Frank Packer, Elvis Presley, Rowan Atkinson and Jeremy Clarkson.
Notable heads of state included Park Chung-hee, Josip Broz Tito, Nicolae Ceau┼čescu, Pol Pot, Enver Hoxha, Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier, Leonid Brezhnev, Ferdinand Marcos (who owned four, including a Landaulet, a 1981 bulletproof and a six-door version.),[5] Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il also owned a landaulet (both seen in the 65th anniversary parade in Pyongyang on October 10, 2010), and Sadaam Hussein, who owned a long roof landaulet that was recovered after the fall of Baghdad today owned by the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.[6] Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the royal court owned multiple 600 models.[citation needed] Former Chinese Foreign Minister Chen Yi, Deng Xiaoping, wife of the first Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai - Deng Yingchao, and the former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk, all used the 600.[7] The first Senegalese regime (1960–1980) under president Leopold Sedar Senghor had three 600s, a short wheel base, a long wheel base, and a Landaulet, later replaced by the W126 based Carat Limousine.[citation needed]
Religious leader Guru Maharaj Ji owned one,[citation needed] as did Colombian, drug dealer Pablo Escobar, a LWB six door 600.[citation needed] destroyed in an attack on Escobar in 1988 in Medellin.[citation needed]
In cinema the Mercedes 600 was featured in the James Bond films, most notably as transport of the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever. Kamal Khan is also seen leaving Sotheby's in a 600 in Octopussy. In television, a Mercedes Benz 600 limousine was used by fictional Channing/Gioberti family matriarch Angela Channing in the American television series Falcon Crest. Images of the car driving from San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Falcon Crest vineyard were featured in the opening credits of the first four seasons.
This particular example is finished in Steel Blue with Sumptuous Blue Velour, the mileage of 49000 miles is believed to be correct and the condition would certainly testify to this.
 

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