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The Mercedes-Benz 600 is a large luxury automobile. When introduced inSeptember, 1963, it had very few competitors, these being Rolls-Royce, the
Cadillac Fleetwood 75, the stretched Lehmann-Peterson Lincoln and the Crown
Imperial Ghia. Generally, the long wheel base 600 was intended to be
chauffeur-driven; many of those 600s featured a central divider incorporating a
power window between the front and rear compartments. The short wheel base 600
was designed to be owner driven.
Production began in 1964 and most 600 variants were built until 1972. The oil
crisis, as well as the introduction of new S-Class models, slowed demand. Modest
production continued until 1981. During this time, 2,677 vehicles were made.
The 600 featured many luxuries, including a complex hydraulic system which
powered everything with a pressure of 150 bar, from the windows and seats to the
automatically closing doors, sun roof and trunk.
Apart from the Pope and governments, famous owners of the 600 include
celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon,
George Harrison, Jay Kay, Aristotle Onassis, Jack Nicholson, Simon Spies, Bob
Jane, Frank Packer, Elvis Presley, Rowan Atkinson, and Jeremy Clarkson,
Communist leaders include Nicolae Ceauşescu, Josip Broz-Tito, Fidel Castro, Pol
Pot, Enver Hoxha, Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il also owns a
landaulet (both seen in the 65th anniversary parade in Pyongyang on October 10,
2010) and religious leader Guru Maharaj Ji. African revolutionaries Idi Amin
Dada, Jomo Kenyatta and the former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos had
four 600s including a Landaulet, a 1981 bulletproof and a six-door