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PostHeaderIcon Hugh Hefner’s 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The death of Hugh Hefner has caused the world to turn its attention to the Playboy Magazine founder and publisher. Aside from his lavish lifestyle, infamous mansion, many wives, and countless mistresses, Hefner was also known for his car collection. From Corvettes to Ferraris, his garage was almost exciting as the pool’s grotto on a Friday night. But perhaps one of Heff’s classiest, rarest, and most highly regarded is his 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman.

Mercedes began making the 600 limousine in 1963 and carried the car to 1981. Despite this 18-year production run, only 2,677 examples were built. That number is further divided into three thanks to the three body styles Mercedes offered. There was a short wheelbase, of which 2,190 were built. There was also a Landaulet (convertible rear top), of which only 59 were built. Then there’s Heff’s car – the long wheelbase version. While not as rare as the Landau, only 428 exist in the world. Adding to the 600’s worth is Mercedes’ over-engineering of nearly every component. Everything that moved was hydraulically operated, including the windows, sunroof, seat adjustments, trunk lid, and doors. It even has a load-leveling suspension, which of course, ran off hydraulic pressure. Powering the car and its 2,176-psi hydraulic pump was a massive 6.3-liter V-8 developing 300 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It was more than adequate for hustling the limo at speeds over 130 mph.

Heff’s six-door 600 was last known to have been sold in 2001 at a Barrett-Jackson auction. While that was 16 years ago, its price might surprise you. Keep reading for more.

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Hugh Hefner’s Icon Status


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Naturally, having been owned by Hugh Hefner certainly gives this Mercedes even more clout than it would normally have. Hefner, the well-known publisher of Playboy Magazine, started the publication back in 1953 with a target towards young, wealthy, single men. Racy photos of pin-up models was its focus – something that wasn’t widely accessible or accepted in those days. Playboy’s first issue featured photos of Marilyn Monroe, which was soon discovered to have been used without Monroe’s permission.

“Love or hate him, it’s impossible to deny his influence on modern Western culture.”

That wouldn’t be the last of Hefner’s run-ins with legal troubles or head-buts with societal norms. Through the 1950 and 1960s, Playboy played a pivotal role in reshaping America’s view on sexuality, nudity, and women’s rights. Aligned with the free-spirited Hippie movement of the 1960s, Playboy helped transition the country from socially conservative to a more liberal attitude. Even till his death on September 28, 2017, at 91 years of age, Hefner’s status as an icon remained strong. Love or hate him, it’s impossible to deny his influence on modern Western culture.

What Makes This Mercedes Special


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As for Heff’s car, well, the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman is special in its own right. It hails from the days when Mercedes over-engineered and over-built everything. This not only set the precedent for German engineering, but also for Mercedes being synonymous with quality and luxury.

“Accompanying Hefner in 600 ownership were people like The Pope, Queen Elizabeth II, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, and Jay Leno”

It’s no wonder why most 600s were owned by dignitaries, royalty, and celebrities the world over. Accompanying Hefner in 600 ownership were people like The Pope, Queen Elizabeth II, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, and Jay Leno. Even Jeremy Clarkson has one. But not every 600 went to respectable people. A few notorious world leaders had keys, including Fidel Castro, Kim Jong-un, Saddam Hussein, and Pablo Escobar. There were even a few James Bond villains who had one – fictionally, of course.


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At the 600’s heart was a stout 6.3-liter V-8 engine known as the M100. It was far from agricultural, having incorporated cutting edge technology like sodium-filled valves, fuel injection, and a dry sump oiling system. Interestingly, sodium-filled valves were first seen in piston-driven aircraft engines. The W100 featured a cast-iron engine block and single overhead cam over each bank. Forged connecting rods and pistons boosted strength and longevity. The result was 300 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque that hardly needed more than just basic maintenance. It was mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and sent power to the rear wheels.

“The W100 featured a cast-iron engine block and single overhead cam over each bank”

As mentioned, most everything that moved inside the 600 was actuated by an intricate, high-pressure hydraulic system. While leaks might be a concern, owners never had to worry about a window regulator shorting out or a fuse blowing on these items.

As for the price when new, the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman sold in the U.S. for $24,000 in 1965. In today’s money, that’s roughly $185,700. Interestingly, a 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic costs $173,495, meaning Mercedes has kept its high-end limousine at a relatively stable price. Compare that to any pickup truck or sports car today versus its predecessor, and you’ll see how impressive that is.

As for Heff’s 1969 600, it sold in 2001 at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $78,100. Though that was 16 years ago, that’s not a bad price at all. In fact, a quick online search resulted in one 1969 Mercedes 600 Pullman, though impeccably restored, selling for a dizzying $895,000! Needless to say, the 600 Pullman might be one of the most collectible Mercedes in history.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard

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If you are an important person, or just feel like you’re important enough to need a bulletproof car, Mercedes-Benz has just announced a new version of the Maybach with VR10 protection level which might interest you. The new Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard is the ideal vehicle if you are planning a vacation in Syria this spring.

Thanks to its VR10 grade, Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard can withstand pretty much any weapon a run of the mill terrorist can get his stinking hands on, up to and including assault rifles with steel core bullets and hand grenades. So unless they fire at you with something like a .50 Cal machine gun or a Barrett, you’re going to be fine. After all, it’s not like the adversary is going to miss you, what with the Maybach being 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class Saloon.

How they have managed to build this level of protection into the Maybach S600 Guard is a secret, but Mercedes can reveal that protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin, and that the windows  are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics, despite their laminated structure.

Boasting the same power and luxury features as the standard Maybach, the S600 Guard is understandably more expensive at 470,000 Euros.

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PostHeaderIcon Lewis Hamilton Gets a Mercedes Maybach S600

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We are having a hard time understanding the new hair color Lewis Hamilton is sporting these days. But you have to give it to him, he’s made Formula 1 cool again. And it s a new kind of cool, a more hip kind rather than the old F1 glamour which, in all honesty, was a bit pretentious.

Lewis hangs out with the Hollywood A-listers and has many friends in the music business. He dates pop stars, and he has so many tattoos, doctors get dizzy when they have to give him a physical. Where does Lewis find time between all this to win so many races, we have no idea.

But we like the man and we’re happy that he’s got yet another cool “whip” in form of a white Mercedes Maybach S600. Whether he’s bought this bad boy or it’s a gift from Mercedes F1 is not clear. But either way, the car is a nice complement, and a different addition, to Lewis Hamilton’s exquisite collection which also includes a blue McLaren P1 and a purple Pagani Zonda.

Mercedes Maybach S600 is powered by a 530 horsepower V12 engine. But one would imagine Lewis will not be driving this car himself, but ride in the back, thinking about the next pop singer he wants to date.

The post Lewis Hamilton Gets a Mercedes Maybach S600 appeared first on Motorward.

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