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If your last name was also the name of your office building, you happened to have your own personal country/Republic/Federation, or if people called you “King”, then the Mercedes “Big” was the car for you.

It featured the same monstrous M100 V8 engine found in the 300SEL 6.3, and it could be spec’d anyway your little disco-loving heart desired. Elvis had golden logos emblazoned on the doors of his 600. Ceausescu had bullet-proof glass and the latest communications equipment fitted to his. And the Pope’s Mercedes 600 had a half-convertible roof, and a special throne fitted in the back. The Mercedes Dictator-Special was truly the Maybach of its day, which lasted from 1963-1981.

 
 
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