Maybach only built limousines but a German Xenatec tuner built a Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe version. 200 units were planned but only 8 were built. One of them had been commanded by Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi but no longer came into his possession due to the overthrow of his regime in 2011. A Dutch dealer has now put it up for sale for 795.000 euro plus taxes.
In 2002 Mercedes revitalized the Maybach brand with the intention of competing with Rolls-Royce. Two limousines were presented – Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 which differed in wheelbase length.
Initially, Daimler had planned to sell 1,500 units a year, but Maybach never came close to that figure. In 2010, only 157 units of the luxus limo based on the 1998 Mercedes S-Class were sold. The launch of the Maybach 57S in 2005 did not lead to any increase in sales either.
Due to very poor sales results, Daimler did not develop the Maybach range.
However, a german tuner, Xenatec, had a brilliant idea to turn the Maybach 57 sedan into an opulent Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe.
Xenatec had acquired a small German manufacturer from Krupp-Deutz, which specialized in converting long-wheelbase models and building prototypes for the automotive industry.
Xenatec’s plans were to build 200 Maybach coupe units to sell at a price of 765.000 euros plus taxes. But in the end only 8 units were build.
The massive coupe was 5.73 meters long and weighed over 2.7 tons. Under the hood was a 6-liter Mercedes V12 engine with 612 HP which send the power to the rear wheels.
One of the 8 model builders was ordered by the Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi but he did not get to take possession of it because his regime fell in 2011 before the delivery of the car.
This is the fourth specimen built and is painted in two tones, white and beige while the roof is black. The interior is also made in three colors: the seats upholstered in white and beige leather upholstery and the dashboard, the steering wheel and the door faces in white and black leather.
It is not known how, but the car that did not reach Gaddafi is now for sale at a Dutch dealer, Autoleitner, for a rather large amount, of 795.000 euros plus VAT.
The car has only 2300 km on board and was registered for the first time on 25.05.2012.
On the dealer website you can find the whole list of equipments.