The Mercedes-Benz 600 is a legend in its own right and some would even argue that it’s the greatest Mercedes ever built.
When it was first introduced in 1963, it was the epitome of what Mercedes-Benz was known for, cost-no-object engineering. And for that reason alone, the 600 really is something special, particularly when the window switches cost more than $12,000 to replace. But that’s not all.
All 600s were built with a central hydraulic system that controlled everything from the windows, to the power seats, and even an automatic trunk. Their reason: to ensure the most luxurious and seamless operation. And let’s not forget, this predates the era before compact electric and servo motors.
Driving everything is a whomping 6.3L fuel-injected “M100” V8 good for an at the time, impressive 250hp and 370 lb-ft of torque with a four-speed automatic.
Pretty much everyone famous you could think of had a 600. From Coco Chanel, to John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Hugh Hefner, and even Saddam Hussein. And today, Jay Leno is one of the lucky individuals to be in possession of one of 2,190 short-wheelbase 600s in the world.
But for some reason, Jay Leno didn’t think 250hp was enough. So he goes over his particular example and its special party piece under the hood.
Check it out after the jump.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage