Roy Orbison’s Luxury Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB Is Up For Grabs

Roy Orbison Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

Mercy! Roy Orbison’s luxury 1972 SWB Mercedes-Benz 600 is up for grabs and the forerunner of the modern Maybach is definitely a Pretty Woman…

The singing sensation entered the world on the April 23rd, 1936, in Vernon, Texas and after being told ‘he’d never make it as a singer’ at high school, the Elvis wannabee was quick to prove his doubters wrong with household hits including ‘Oh Pretty Woman’, ‘You got it’ and ‘Only the lonely’ topping the charts in the 60s.

With an impressive singing CV that boasted no less than 33 UK hits, Grammy star Orbison was also no stranger to personal tragedy either with his wife, Claudette losing her life after she was hit by a truck as the pair were riding home on their motorcycles from Bristol, Tenessee. As if plagued by sadness, two years later the singer lost two of his three sons, 10 and 6 years old, in a horrific house fire.

Roy Orbison Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

This particular Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB was manufactured in 1971 after being ordered brand new by Orbison and has barely seen the tarmac since, with only around 1800 miles recorded on its lazy speedometer prior to the untimely death of the American singer in 1988 following a massive heart attack.

Mercedes-Benz 600

The Mercedes-Benz 600, codenamed W100, was produced between 1963 – 1981 and was available to the rich and famous in three variants with the short-wheel-base designed for owners to drive, unlike the long-wheel-base and limousine models which had central dividing windows between occupants and driver.

Roy Orbison Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

Just in case you’re being chased by some disgruntled dealer, the much-needed power comes from a bullet-proof 6.3-litre M100 V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, and additional equipment includes hydraulically powered windows, a power sunroof, air conditioning with separate front and rear settings, a power-reclining rear seat, rear privacy curtains, and a Becker radio with rear controls.

As detailed on the production order, the car has the usual sumptuous black leather with matching carpeting and Macassar ebony wood accents which look to be in excellent condition with hydraulics powering the windows, sunroof, central locks, and adjustment of the front and rear seats.

Roy Orbison

The W100 600 is one of only 2,190 short-wheel-base variants built during 17 years of production and looks to be in pristine condition with new paintwork and glass seals installed in the 90s. The decals on the front doors and trunk lid were apparently commissioned by the seller and feature the ‘RO’ insignia used by Roy Orbison. Custom Tennessee ‘ROY O’ plates referencing the Orbison hit ‘Pretty Woman’ were also ordered by the vendor.

The current bid stands at $90,000 but is expected to rise to around $500,000 before the end of sale in 8 days on Bring a Trailer.

Roy Orbison Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

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