1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 - EX GEORGE HARRISON

KEY FACTS

  • A wonderful example of the ‘Grand Mercedes’, boasting unbeatable provenance and remaining in its original factory colour scheme.
  • It is powered by a 6.3-litre ‘M100’ V8 with mechanical fuel injection, coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission.
  • Originally used as a demonstrator car for Mercedes-Benz GB, it was subsequently acquired by The Beatles’ lead guitarist, George Harrison MBE.
  • Numerous period photos online show Harrison with this very car, registered ‘OLA 600E’.
  • One of just 2,190 short-wheelbase W100-generation 600s built.
  • In March 2021, it was the subject of a major £45,000 overhaul at Mercedes-Benz specialist John Haynes.
  • It is offered from the collection of businessman and entrepreneur, Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia.

EQUIPMENT AND FEATURES

  • The 600 succeeded the acclaimed 300D ‘Adenauer’ as the marque’s flagship luxury model, built in very small numbers, and was a favourite of royalty, political leaders, captains of industry, and discerning celebrities.
  • One of its most notable elements is the 150-bar hydraulic pressure system, which powers the windows, seats, sunroof, boot, and automatic doors. Doing without electric motors, it enables silent operation of features.
  • The car also has pneumatic, adjustable self-levelling air suspension, which gives the car fantastic ride quality, and laid the foundations for Mercedes’ current ‘Active Body Control’ system.
  • It is accompanied by copies of documentation proving George Harrison’s former ownership in the 1960s.
  • As HPI data takes some time to update from the DVLA, the car may still show on a prior registration plate of ‘RWE 420E’. However, as proved by the V5C document shown in the history file, this remarkable Mercedes is now back on its original mark of ‘OLA 600E’.

CONDITION

  • There is no known prior bodywork damage. When some of the underbody and sills were inspected while the brightwork was removed, it was found to be in very good rust-free condition.
  • The white paintwork is in good order, with no significant marks, having almost certainly been treated to some remedial work in the past.
  • During the current ownership, the brightwork was all meticulously re-chromed over a period of six months.
  • Inside, the leather upholstery is believed to be wholly original, and it remains in very good condition for its age.
  • There are no electrical faults or issues with the switchgear, and no warning lights illuminated. Its hydraulic system has just received a major overhaul to ensure it is operating correctly.
  • The most recent MOT test was on 10 July 2019 at 99,488 miles, when it passed with no advisories after the front suspension levelling valves were repaired or replaced. It is exempt from mandatory MOT testing on the basis of age.

SERVICE HISTORY

  • In March 2021, this 600 was treated to a significant overhaul at renowned Mercedes specialist John Haynes in West Sussex. The business has a particular expertise in the 600 model, as Haynes was part of Mercedes-Benz’s specialist import department, specially trained to work on this model when it was new in 1964.
  • Most notably, this work included refurbishment of the hydraulic system, with nearly £13,000 spent to drain out the fluid, and send the four-gang window switch, front door lock units, nearside front window ram, boot lock unit, and nearside front seat units away for specialist overhaul. New hydraulic oil and a filter were fitted, the repaired items were refitted, and the system was re-pressurised.
  • Various new seals and gaskets for the bumpers and headlights were also installed, along with numerous bolts and trims to bring the car back to its correct specification and appearance. Its wheels were also painted and fitted with Maxxis thin white-wall tyres.
  • Finally, a new gear shift bush was fitted at the steering column, and a front brake caliper was overhauled.

SUMMARY

Speaking about his tenure with this remarkable vehicle, Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia says: “I've put a lot of heart into this car, but I've always known that I would need to let it go, even if I've grown attached to it. I have recently started the process of returning to India, and I know it's going to take a while to part with my collection. It's always been part of my personal plan, but it's still an emotional process. And it doesn't make parting with the 600 any easier. On reflection, I feel I’m simply the custodian of an important piece of rock and roll history.”

This Mercedes-Benz 600 is an elegant luxury saloon, which presents in its original 1960s specification as driven by George Harrison. While the paintwork has been refreshed in the past and the chrome has just been restored, it is believed to retain its complete original interior, meaning the next owner can sit quite literally where Harrison did. Benefiting from a fresh overhaul of its hydraulic comfort system, and with great attention to detail to ensure many finer points have been perfected, this wonderful ‘Grosse Mercedes’ is ready to delight its next owner and would be a fantastic ‘rock and roll’ exhibit at any classic car show.

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Car Overview

  • 99,822 miles
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • White
  • Black Leather
  • 6.3L
  • VIN100 012 22 000657


Lot Overview

  • Lot #04816
  • managed Sale
  • Worthing, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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  • Mercedes10

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