We are excited to offer on the sellers behalf the "Red Baron", the one and only Mercedes 600 lwb factory painted in signal red (568). This particular car has an extensive and quite interesting history file which includes ownership by prominent people as well as being used within the Hollywood Movie industry.
The car has now travelled 90000km, about 56k miles and presents itself in stunning condition.
Delivered in Germany reportedly for use by Charles Schulz, the Peanuts creator, in 1973 where legend is he toured Europe in it. The car was sent to the U.S. entering through Hollywood Mercedes. It was fitted with U.S. DOT items such as side marker lights, etc.
In 1974 it was traded at Hollywood Mercedes where Baron Hilton bought and shipped it to the Las Vegas Hilton in Nevada for Mrs. Hiltons and his personal use. It was used there during the next 15 years sporting Nevada license: HILTON 1
During Mr. Hiltons ownership, this car with driver was provided for use by 21 celebrity friends whenever they were guests at the Las Vegas Hilton. Some names you may recognize include: Elvis Presley, Henry Kissinger, Muhammad Ali & Jack Nicholson. Jack Nicholson later purchased his own Mercedes Benz Classic 600, Elvis even bought two of them!
The car was purchased by the current owner in 1991, when it had approximately 64,000 KM on the clock ... or about 40000 miles and included the service records.
Mechanical and cosmetic restoration work was accomplished in the following years to where this car is in top road-ready condition. The powerful 300 hp V-8 engine can eat up the highway miles with ease. It can reach a cruising speed of 120 mph in no time. A professional driver is used for special evening outings, private airport deliveries or other events in which the Red Baron provides a travel experience second to none.
Beginning in 2000, a challenging 18 month interior restoration was completed. The 75 pieces of hand crafted interior wood were refinished to the original factory appearance. The result: a magnificent glass smooth 60 clear coat finish.
In the course of its restoration, it was discovered the wood veneer is Macassar ebony, on the endangered species list, and now extinct. There are three different grain patterns used in the door & window garnish molding, dashboard and refrigerator and bar. The upholstery uses the correct pattern German leather in parchment with a light beige German wool velour carpeting.
In 2002 the Red Baron was equipped with a custom DVD and CD - surround sound system. It provides an awesome entertainment experience that can make a 100 mile tour pass by in a flash.
We are now looking for an enthusiastic keeper for this car, who will value and understand the importance and uniqueness of this special 600 and preserve it accordingly.
We gladly arrange inspections for qualified buyers.
Please study all the photos closely to evaluate the condition of this car!
Please contact us for further information!
Office US: 1-530-268-4737
Office Germany: 49-(0)5691-912460