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Trade of the Day: Ride Like a Dictator in Your Mercedes Pullman

Mark Gilbert is a Bloomberg View columnist and writes editorials on economics, finance and politics. He was London bureau chief for Bloomberg News and is the author of “Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable.”
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Mercedes-Benz is introducing a Pullman variant of its S-Class sedan, armor-plated and 16 inches longer than a Rolls-Royce Phantom at 21 feet and double the price at a cool $1 million. Its four rear seats will face each other, with a partition so your chauffeur can't eavesdrop. As Tim Urquhart, an analyst at London-based research firm IHS, told Bloomberg's Dorothee Tschampa:

They are trying to evoke the very famous old 600 Pullman that was used by people from dictators to John Lennon.

So the Trade of the Day is to buy a Mercedes Pullman, get some gold braid stitched onto your favorite jacket, climb into the back cabin and ride like a dictator -- or just someone very rich.

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