1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Kompressor In Jay Leno’s Garage
Hi Jay, I remember as a kid, my grandfather had a 1969 Navy 600 with grey mohair velour interior. Wearing shorts in the summer, sitting in the back, my legs were so scratchy. I remember cold air conditioning with chrome metal vents and ice popping out when it was set to high. As kids, we were always told to keep our hands away from the windows because they were so quick to go up. The best noise was the horn. When my grandparents would visit he always pulled up and honked the strange horn. I also remember my grandfather complaining about the cost to fix anything, especially a window switch. He died in 2000 and my uncle took the car to Las Vegas where he lives. I have not seen it since. Marshal Josip Broz Tito used to have like a dozen of Mercedes 600s, from standard one like Jay Leno’s to Pullman limousines, Pullman convertibles, and armored car. When they put them on show in 2003, I was a 10-year-old kid who was impressed by the sheer beauty and power and historical value of those. Knowing really much about them even then, because they were popular in car magazines, I told that to military guard and he was so impressed with a kid knowing all that – he let me sit in Marsal’s place. Thus I became the first civilian to sit in Tito’s car…..