Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Published on January 11, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Today is a very special day because we have received pictures from a secret storage location somewhere in Beijing that houses one of the greatest automotive treasuries in the world. This is a massive and gigantic W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousine.

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The vehicle seems in rather poor shape, but certainly repairable. The star is missing from the grille and the front suspension is broken. The chrome however is in perfect shining shape and there ins’t any visible rust. The flagpoles indicate the vehicle was likely once used by the Chinese government or by a foreign diplomatic mission.

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman was the long-wheelbase version of the 600, which was made from1963 until 1981. Mercedes-Benz only produced 428 Pullman limousines and this example is the very first car I see in China. Power came from a specially developed ‘M-100’ 6.3 liter V8.

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The 600 was designed to be the best automobile in the world. When production ended in 1981 there wasn’t a successor.  The 1997 Maybach came close but the brand will be killed this year.  Mercedes-Benz used the Pullmann name for a stretched version of the W140 S-Class but the name completely disappeared in 1998 when the W140 died.  But!, the Pullman name will come back again next year, as a super-luxurious version of the new S-Class.

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Very special license plates points to the government. Giant twin-exhaust pips are period.

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Spotted in China: W100 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Over six meters of engine, steel and might. Let’s hope this miracle of a car will be properly fixed.


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  1. Dennis- January 11, 2013 Reply


    there are soooooooo many treasures still to be found in some dusty warehouses all over the country ….

  2. schaminski- January 11, 2013 Reply

    this is reaching ridiculous levels…and I like it very much!

  3. Maroun Rahme- January 16, 2013 Reply

    I would buy it and fix it up let me know if I can buy it and what price they want for it. They cost a fortune to get parts and the right person to work on them

  4. iyad- March 18, 2013 Reply

    i m serious Bayer, and i m interested, how mach the car price? and where i can see the car? and i will finish the deal!.

    1. AJHS320- February 20, 2014 Reply

      Did you actually read the article?

  5. jordan- September 14, 2013 Reply

    Hi, i have one like that w100 v8 6.3 but this car engine last running was 1987, need full restoration.
    can anyone recomend parts specially from the engine and suspension parts.
    our company specialize in bmw and benz parts service but 1995 model up only. thanks

  6. franz- January 24, 2014 Reply

    We specialise in these cars – repair – maintenance and restorations!

    We are located in Sydney Australia.
    our website is http://www.big-toys.net (currently under refurbishment)
    We can get all parts for these cars (M100). We also take care of its smaller Brother 300SEL 6.3 (W109).
    The Engine code is W100 and continued into the W116 series as a 450SEL 6.9.
    We also manufacture some parts for these cars to eliminate wear and tear i.e. electronic ignition suspension parts drive train etc.
    By the way the front suspension is not broken in the picture above. These cars have full Air-bag suspension (no springs) and even the good ones (new ones) run out of air eventually over years of storage if the engine is not started once in a while.

    Anyway if you looking for parts or assistance for 1960 – 1990 Mercedes Benz
    contact us via the above website

    Regards Franz

  7. Viktor- February 19, 2014 Reply

    Hello! Where can i find a pullman V8 approx 1966 for sale even crashed or sth thanks

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