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Leno Shows Off a Dictator Favorite: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600

This was once the greatest car in the world.

Beloved by evil dictators, business tycoons, and even a few movie stars, the Mercedes-Benz 600 is one hell of a car. No expense was spared in its development because money was no object. Mercedes simply wanted to build the greatest car on the planet. And for many years it probably was. As a kid, Jay Leno worked at a Mercedes dealer and had the chance to drive a 600 down to Texas for a customer delivery. Today he owns one (no surprise there) as part of his extensive collection.

Power comes from a 6.3-liter V8 with 300 horsepower. Total weight: over 5,000 lbs. Amazingly, all of the switches, from the trunk latch to the window controls, are hydraulic. There are no electrics, and all components are very expensive to replace. For example, a single window switch costs $11,500. They simply don’t make cars quite like this anymore.

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