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Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH (German pronunciation: [maibax]) is a German luxury car manufacturer. It was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach as director. The company was originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and was itself known as "Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH" (literally "Aircraft Engine Building Company") until 1918. Today, the brand is owned by Daimler AG and based in Stuttgart.

I must admit I love these luxury upper class limousines because of two things: their size & comfort and their rarity. You'll find plenty of Maybach miniatures models in my Mercedes Collection, but first things first: a few more words about the real Maybachs:

 

 

Motors were his life, along with Gottlieb Daimler, he was writting automotive history, and when Wilhelm Maybach (1846-1929) founded his own company in 1909, Count Zeppelin and the aviation industry had to queue up outside his factories. The real rivalry with Rolls-Royce began in 1921 when Karl Maybach Jr. (1879-1960), whose ingenuity wonderfully complemented that of Maybach Sr., successfully got a Spyker with a W-2 Maybach engine to break the prestigious long-distance British record over 30.000 kilometers (18,640 miles). When, later that year, a complete luxury vehicle distinguished by its technical finesse was presented, the British were certainly not amused.

 

Ever since the Geneva Motor Show of 2002, the noble aura of the two-tone Maybach Zeppelin DS 8 with stream-lined design in 1933 has been reflected by the Maybach of today, a vigorous Mercedes statement in the automotive upper class. Its luxurious quality goes without saying, and technical treats are presented on a silver platter. To achieve a maximum of stability with a minimum of material, the body is made of high-strength steel alloys. Fenders, hood, roof, and doors are made of aluminium, the boot lid of plastic. So in the Maybach 62 - the type name reflects its length of 6.2 meters (20 ft 4 in) - just 22 percent of the total weight of 2.8 tonnes (3.1 short tons) falls into the outer envelope. The 3.2 tonne (3.5 short ton) heavily armored Guard version (from September 2003), bullet and shatter-proof to protect the occupants, can address any vulnerabilities with additional security components and tires with fail-safe running functions. Even the considerable extra weight of this design poses no problems for the chassis. The designers had fallen back on the technical benefits of the S-class, such as air suspension and the adaptive damping system.

 

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Like the half-meter (20-in) shorter variant 57, the 62 lives up to its size in an individual and elegant manner. The low-noise twin-turbo V12 with 5513cc and 550 bhp is conspicuous for its unfaltering smoothness and splendid torque of 900 Nm (664 lb-ft), even at 2300 rpm. If needed, the whole mass accelerates in 5.4 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph), while the Guard version manages this almost as nimbly in 5.7 seconds. The electronic management of the mega-Mercedes gives this car and its passengers no more than 250 km/h (155mph), but a whole lot more could be achieved thanks to the advantageous drag coefficient of 0.30.

 

Anyone who wished to use this mansion on wheels as an office in the era of round-the-clock capitalism merely had to order the business package with a notebook, printer, and mobile Internet access.

Electronic pastimes included an opulent radio, DVD player, and TV monitors in the backrests of the front seats, and could be enjoyed even more with a glass of champagne from the onboard bar. For a few euros (dollars) more, over a dream landscape of the finest leather and precious woods, curved a panoramic glass roof with a liquid crystal layer that became opaque at AC voltage, with incoming light diffused to a soft glow.

 

Progress did not come to a half even in the face of this monument of automotive greatness, however. At the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2005, the Maybach 57S was delivered: it had a six liter V12 upgraded by AMG to 612 bhp and a modified suspension: "for the ambitious self-driver", as they said. However, the Maybach 62S, first displayed to a forum of Chinese admirers 14 months later at the Auto China in Beijing, was declared to be "the world's most powerful chauffeur-driven saloon in series production". One year later, with a Landaulet study, the Daimler AG harked back to ancient tradition. Reception was favorable and so, in February 2008, at the factory in Sindelfingen, the handmade, swaggering Maybach was included in the program.

 

 

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