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Why the Mercedes-Benz 600 Is the Ultimate Luxury Car

Discussion in 'Cars and Vehicles' started by EF-Roger, Aug 7, 2015.

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    Today, Mercedes-Benz isn’t quite as far up in the ultra-luxury stratosphere it used to be. A well-optioned S-Class runs well into the six-figure range, and the company’s Maybach-badged S600 is one of the finest cars money can buy, but it just doesn’t have that rarefied cachet that it once did. Try as it might – and again, it is an astonishing car – the $190,000-plus range-topper came out with three strikes against it. The first is the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II. The second is the Bentley Flying Spur. The final is the car’s namesake, an automotive masterpiece that was unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and is unlikely to ever see again.

    Grand. Not “Executive,” not “Long Wheel Base,” or “Platinum,” or “Black Series” any other empty-sounding modern platitude tacked onto the decklid of a modern luxury car. The car was simply grand. It was the Grosser in Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser, a stand-alone model that was perfectly summed up by that elegant, old-fashioned word; one that can convey everything from a centuries-old estate to a multi-million dollar yacht in the Mediterranean with just the right amount of hyperbole and understatement. And the 600 was of that world, more so than any other car built after World War II. It was an understated, upright car that looked both timeless and modern, and defined wealth and power in the final decades of the 20th century.

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