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AutoArt 1:18 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman

Reviewed by:   John Richards
     
  AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car
 
 
 

The Mercedes Benz 600 limousine, introduced at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 1963, is one of the great expressions of an incomparable lineage. Though its grandeur and luxury can’t be denied, an objective, clear-eyed look at the car’s exterior reveals its resemblance to many of its humbler ‘60s siblings, albeit on the most monumental scale. “Der Grosser Mercedes” was no vainglorious advertising blurb; it was a simple statement of fact.

Mechanically the car was a marvel, with few concessions to its size necessary relative to performance. Nearly every respected publication reviewing and road testing the 600 found it to be an amazingly capable and nimble machine with superb handling and road manners, thanks to features like an extremely refined suspension with remotely adjustable shocks. The 6.3 liter (386 ci) fuel-injected V8, producing 300 hp, enabled the 5800 lb car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just under 10 seconds and cruise comfortably at 120 mph. Impressive performance coupled with extensive and innovative use of hydraulics throughout made it exceptional among elite luxury cars. Little wonder, then, that its owners included a long list of crowned heads, the business elite and celebrity icons. Even the Pope had one.

Over the years there have been many distinguished limousines, the standard-bearers of the world’s great marques. Even in such august company, though, the 600 stands apart. AutoArt has acknowledged this unique status by surpassing even their fine Maybach models with one destined to be a benchmark for limousine replicas. Of the many luxury cars they’ve depicted over the years, this could be the finest.

The model (all 13+ inches of it) is, like the car itself, all understated elegance and refinement. The exterior represents AutoArt at its finest, with paint and chrome of great depth and luster; every piece of exterior chrome is precisely and lovingly attended to. I’ve seen very little comparable to it (except, perhaps, from CMC and AA themselves). All opening panels reflect the finest precision and fit. There’s no point in complaining about any difficulty in opening them, as it reflects an unparalleled level of execution; take your time and use the opening tool if necessary. Light lenses are jewel-like as are the raised foil numbers and MB star on the trunk lid. The trunk is a carpeted compartment with a set of six elegant, removable pieces of luggage (bound in pairs by cloth straps) and a spare discretely concealed beneath a moveable panel.

The motor and chassis again reveal AA in full flight. The model is very heavy, partially due to its size, but largely the result of a solid metal chassis, evident upon freeing it from its Styrofoam shell. Be prepared to use a solid Phillips head, a little elbow grease and patience when removing the three securing screws. The mighty car’s underpinnings are excellently replicated, with the engine, drive train and suspension all separate, detailed pieces. The exhaust system culminates in twin, open chrome-tipped fittings. An operable suspension offers visual workings of the rear shocks and other components with firm, well-hidden springs up front…not the bouncy approximation found on lesser models. Close examination of the wheels reveals the brake discs and calipers. If there’s a quibble, it’s that there’s minimal steer to the front wheels, though the mechanism itself is quite intricate.

The engine is superbly depicted. Since the hoods on some previous AA models required an ad hoc prop, the dual supports here are especially appreciated. It goes without saying that all components are present and accounted for in separate, precisely modeled and correctly colored pieces. The whole is completely and intricately wired and plumbed with hoses and wires in a variety of textures and thicknesses. To truly appreciate the complexity and superb craftsmanship of this compartment, use a powerful penlight and the provided magnifying glass. Under illumination and magnification, you’ll notice things you might otherwise miss, like the open mesh of the fan housing and the delicate battery cables.

Inside the 600 tasteful, functional elegance prevailed, reflected in AA’s dedication to reproducing the tiniest details with the utmost care for accuracy of shape and scale. They realize that operable features should be meaningful rather than abundant. In the case of the 600, it’s the mini-bar between the rear-facing seats, with its delicate set of drinking glasses and shaker secured within. The seats are finished in real leather, the most refined model upholstery I’ve ever seen. The rest of the interior is magnificent: carpeting throughout, a superb headliner, fabric seatbelts, convincing wood trim, finished door sills and jambs, a deeply detailed dash and a beautifully scaled wheel. The glazing is optically clear and dressed with pleated cloth sun-screen curtains in the rear.

If luxury icons and modeling excellence are important to you, this commanding new masterpiece belongs on your shelf.

(09/05/2008)
 
 
  AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman diecast car

 
 
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AutoArt 1963 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB diecast car

1963 Mercedes-Benz 600 View photo of AutoArt 1963 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB diecast car

Year: 1963 Color: Pullman Black
Make: Mercedes-Benz Code: AA76197
Model: 600 LWB
Regular Price: $218.95 Our Price: $209.95  Save $9.00 (4%) Points to Redeem: 2999
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