Long wait, and you can get the Industries Premium Car Captain for a song, provided you can afford to run them. This has been the gamble that big German cars have been making for decades, and seems unlikely to change any time soon, particularly as the age of electric cars arrives and parts for the once-gasoline-swallowing auto parts begin to lure buyers with a budget of mid-size sedan who want That looks like a million dollars.
In a few days, a 2009 Maybach 62 limousine with just 3,704 miles on the clock will be moving across the auction yard at Scottsdale Auctions in Bonhams.
The Maybach 62 was, lest we forget, the two longest-running sedan models Mercedes-Benz introduced in the early 2000s, based on the previous-generation W140 S-Class platform. Shortly before the 57 and 62 were launched, it was planned that decals would be affixed to the same cars as Mercedes models, with a preview of what would happen nearly two decades later, but at the time of their debut, Stuttgart planned for a stand-alone brand, sensing a gap in the market where Volkswagen, BMW, Bentley and Rolls-Royce split.
“The new dawn for the brand revived in 2002 began with the Maybach 57 and 62: a pillar of high-performance luxury sedans that inevitably incorporated a great deal of contemporary Mercedes-Benz technology,” Bonhams adds.
The Model 62 offered a longer wheelbase as well as larger, redesigned rear passenger doors and C-pillars, resulting in the chauffeur-driven model role, although in practice outside the United States a large proportion of All Maybach cars were driven by a chauffeur. The 62 is also offered with the option of a traditional four-seater single-cabin layout, or with a BMW L7-style partition, giving rear-seat passengers some privacy for discussion. coup Plans on their phones.
The tilting rear seats were a novelty at the time and arguably one of the selling points of the split limousine, along with the electric clear glass in the sunroof.
Power came from a 5.5-liter V12 from the Daimler family of engines, combined with a five-speed automatic transmission, with this unit producing 543 hp.
The Maybach 62 itself was still roughly positioned below the W220 Pullman today, including the armored variant of the Pullman, so there is still some space above it in Daimler’s stable. Typical buyers include some kings and heads of state, but Not As much as one would expect, those shopping for German sedans tended to buy armored BMWs and Mercedes sedans, and Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman limousines. So the Maybach 62 turned out to be too flashy even for a number of heads of state.
But for American customers, the Maybach 62 was the most luxurious model one could buy at a Mercedes dealership, even if the splitter 62 was for a driver experience that has proven rare in the States.
Bonhams reports that this model was ordered in Caspian black on black leather and was originally sold by Euro Motorcars of Bethesda, Maryland, which is northwest of Washington, D.C., and sold to a few Maybachs on the East Coast, some to the diplomatic community, some to the family Proprietorship in exile, others to luxury hotels.
The Model 62 originally cost $409,000, but with options like the $30,250 division and a few others, this car grossed $465,540 as specified. The 62 hasn’t gone many miles since its purchase, with its first owner using it for just over 3,000 miles. Its second owner and current dispatcher have only added a few hundred miles since it was purchased in 2013, and the car now shows 3,704 miles.
Bonhams estimates that a Maybach 62 will fetch between $60,000 and $80,000 on auction day, so those 3,704 miles may already turn out to be quite expensive. The car will be shown without reservation.
The market for used Maybach 62s isn’t extensive these days, with some abused examples suffering from suspension issues (in general all the others types of issues). So landing a Maybach on the cheap isn’t a difficult task these days, given the potential operating costs. When it comes to the US, some might expect that with this discretionary range, 62 will take care of funeral homes, but the truth is that funeral homes don’t want to incur the costs of Mercedes-Benz dealer visits, so private buyers and European luxury sellers are still the public. main here.
The fact that this unarmored version limits its price cap a bit, but the 62 is still in great demand in some parts of the world.
“Cosmetically speaking, a virtually unused car, some mechanical re-running is recommended before tasking Jeffs with a ride to your next gig,” Bonhams adds.
The 62 splitter is certainly much rarer than the 57 sedans, with most sold outside the US, so the chauffeur-driven audience is much smaller. There is still a lot of demand for these in Eastern Europe, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this product was picked up and shipped quickly across the Atlantic.
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