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Sold for €345,000 inc. premium
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"It's one of the world's most luxurious cars. In fact, only the Rolls-Royce Phantom comes close. It can carry a driver, front passenger and up to three rear passengers on a serene, silent and spacious journey." – Autocar magazine on the Maybach 57 S.
Few industry observers would have predicted the revival of the Maybach brand after almost 50 years of dormancy, but that is exactly what Daimler-Benz did in 1997 when it presented a luxury concept car at that year's Tokyo Motor Show. In pre-war days Maybach had represented the absolute pinnacle of automotive technology, producing some of the most advanced, luxurious and expensive cars the world had ever seen, and its resurrection signalled Mercedes-Benz's intention to compete head-on with BMW-owned Rolls-Royce. Although it had not built any cars since 1940, Maybach had lived on as a manufacturer of proprietary engines, latterly as MTU Friedrichshaven, until its purchase by Daimler-Benz in 1960.
The revived brand's new dawn commenced in 2002 with the launch of the Maybach 57 and 62: a brace of high-performance luxury saloons that, inevitably, incorporated a good deal of contemporary Mercedes-Benz technology. The model designations were derived from their approximate lengths: 5.7 metres in the former's case and 6.2 metres in the latter's, and both were powered initially by a 5.5-litre 542bhp twin-turbocharged V12 engine. The 57 was intended for the owner/driver, while the longer 62 was aimed at the chauffeur-driven elite.
An enhanced version of the 62 - the 62 S, for 'Special' - was introduced for 2007 and featured the 6.0-litre, 604bhp V12 from the 57 S. Costing an additional £40,000-plus, the 60-or-so extra horsepower had little effect on performance, shaving a fraction of a second from the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) time while the top speed remained limited to 275km/h (170.9mph). A base price of around £360,000 ensured that only a privileged few would get to experience the 62 S's stupendous performance at first hand. Autocar magazine hailed the Maybach 62 S as "an even more incredible – and incredibly expensive – place from which to command your business empire".
Unfortunately for Daimler AG (as the group had become), Maybach failed to establish the kind of brand identity enjoyed by its parent Mercedes or the Rolls-Royce and Bentley opposition. Sales were disappointing and in August 2012 Maybach was discontinued, only to be revived as a sub-brand of Mercedes in November 2014.
This ultra-exclusive modern Maybach was invoiced to the vendor, its first owner, on 14th April 2013 for the sum of US$652,000. Ordered in Baltic Black with Exclusive Leather Concept Whitehaven Beach interior, this breathtaking car makes the term 'fully loaded' seem pitifully inadequate, as it incorporates just about every option available. Its quite outstanding specification is far too lengthy to list here but may be found on the accompanying original sales invoice (inspection recommended). As stated on the odometer, the car should have covered only 256 kilometres since new (at the time of cataloguing). The car will be sold with the original invoice from Maybach, unfortunately, the car has no registration document.
Please note this motor car is subject to import tax if remaining in the EU and, as it has been on static display for a number of years, will require recommissioning for road use. This motor car will be sold with its original purchase invoice. Please note that this motor car has never been registered.