The Mercedes-Benz 600 was famously favored by dictators, but Elvis Presley was a fan too. The King actually owned two of them, one of which is now up for sale on Bring a Trailer.
This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 was ordered new from a Hollywood dealership (with a listed price of $15,500) by Presley, who took delivery on December 15, 1970. It was kept at the rock star’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, for several years, before being gifted by Presley to friend Jimmy Velvet.
After Presley’s death, Velvet displayed the Mercedes at his Elvis Presley Museum, but the car was later sold. It was later owned by the CEO of Dollar General, who spent $36,000 refreshing the brakes, suspension, and exhaust in the 1990s, according to the listing. The car was bought by its current owner in 2002. It currently shows 60,500 miles, about 2,000 miles of which were added by the current owner, according to the listing.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 owned by Elvis Presley (Photo by Bring a Trailer)
The predecessor to today’s S-Class, the 600 is powered by the 6.3-liter M100 V-8 (famously transplanted into the 300 SEL 6.3 sports sedan as well). A total 300 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The 600 was fairly sophisticated for its time, boasting hydraulic suspension, as well as hydraulic central locking and seat adjustment. It also featured separate front and rear climate controls—appropriate for a vehicle that was often chauffeur driven. Upholstery in this car is somewhat worn, but the seller chose not to restore it in the interest of preserving the car’s history, the listing said.
Presley owned one other 600—a 1970 model finished in powder blue. That car sold for $187,390 at auction in 2010, so the current bid of $167,000 for the silver 1969 600 at the time of publication doesn’t sound unreasonable. Presley owned a wide variety of other cars, including a BMW 507, purchased during his military service in Germany, and restored by BMW in 2016.