Mercedes is one of the most luxurious and prestigious car brands out there, though you don’t need us to tell you that. You probably already knew this, but there are a few strange facts about this brand that definitely increase its appeal.
The model we’ll be taking a look at today is the Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser, which was highly advanced for its time. You might be wondering why it is so fascinating. After all, Mercedes built models that have far surpassed it from a technological standpoint.
Some interesting facts before we get to the list of people who have owned it:
It’s huge. Truly massive. It stands at almost 6,5 meters long, weighing over four tonnes and powered by a 6.3 liter V8 so vast it could easily anchor a cruise ship. The famous three-point star that sits on top of most Mercedes cars’ front had to be scaled by 20% just so it could be correctly proportioned.
The seats, windows, sunroof and boot lid were powered by an engine-driven hydraulic system, making everything silent and stylished. It was highly versatile, as its capability of going off-road smoothly was well above other cars at the time. The twin-tone horn is so loud it could shatter granite. No joke. You had a switch for two horns, one of them being a normal one and the other, well, a monster.
We could go on about how unique and intriguing this car is, but you came here out of curiosity about those who have owned a model. Or several of them. So, without wasting any more time, here it goes:
Nicolae Ceaușescu, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Muammar Gaddafi, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-il and Leonid Brezhnev just to name a few.
All these famous dictators loved the car. It was a symbol of wealth and power, it was something that only the select few could buy and drive around as if it was nothing. They also loved its sturdiness, style and capabilities for its time.
And the list doesn’t stop there. Not even close. Celebrities also adored this car. Here are the top examples: Elvis Presley, George Harrison, John Lennon, Hugh Hefner, Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay (he bought Coco Chanel’s old car), and Jack Nicholson, who purchased his after driving it in “The Witches of Eastwick”. Harrison even bought Lennon’s old car when the latter moved to the United States from Britain, so he had two.
Now that’s a car for the ages! Just try topping that.
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