The automobile that Mercedes selected to maintain for themselves is a seven-person Pullman limousine with 4 doorways and a uncommon “Landaulet” retractable roof overlaying the passenger compartment. The outside was completed in basic black with a cognac leather-based inside, replete with flag holders for the entrance fenders. Of all of the 600s that have been produced, solely 33 exist as four-door Pullmans with the Landaulet roof configuration, making this a uncommon chook certainly.
A logbook saved by the automaker reveals that this 600’s first mission was ferrying then-U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey round Germany in April of 1967. Following related duties over the following two years, a very poignant pair of duties awaited the limousine in 1969.
The primary of which was shuttling Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh, round Vienna, Austria. Upon returning to Germany, the Huge Mercedes served as transport for visiting Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, who had accomplished the world’s first moon touchdown solely months prior.
In 1974, Mercedes relinquished possession of this fascinating car to non-public pursuits, adopted by one other sale in 2015. Now, the automobile is once more searching for a brand new proprietor, and will probably be auctioned by Broad Arrow at its Jet Middle occasion in Monterey, California on August 17-18.
The estimated promoting value for the historic Mercedes-Benz is $2.25-2.65 million. Evidently, the automobile comes with in depth paperwork documenting its provenance, and has just lately been serviced mechanically.
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