• Apr 7th 2008 at 10:28AM
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Click above to view the Maybach 62 Landaulet in hi-res

Okay, it just hit us: eccentric. That's what the Maybach 62 Landaulet is, in a word. In fact, you could apply that to the whole Maybach venture. Like Dennis Hopper said in the Keanu-tastic action flick Speed, "Poor people are crazy, Jack. I'm eccentric." Daimler is evidently hoping that there are enough "eccentric" people in the United States to warrant bringing over the head-scratchingly-strange Maybach 62 Landaulet to the American market.

With trepidation and a considerable measure of revulsion, we've covered the emergence of the Landaulet from the initial rumor, through the preview before the car's unveiling in Dubai (where else), the first video footage, its North American debut and its eventual production confirmation. It's been a long and crazy wind-tousled process, and now comes confirmation that it's coming our way. Oh, and the price? Ultimately confirmed at $1.35 million. That's not a typo, and it's higher even than the highest estimates we received previously. In case you, like us, are wondering who would spend that kind of money on a convertible version of a car that ordinarily costs (an already exorbitant) $433,750, ask Hans-Dieter Mulhaupt, the VP in charge of the Maybach program: "The Landaulet is for a superrich individual who wants something that is extremely extraordinary and enjoys being driven in a car with acres of sky above them." There you have it: "extremely extraordinary", for a million-dollar premium. Check out the images in the gallery below...those are free.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally i think this car is a waste of money ( i can't buy one but still) instead of wasting $1.35 million dollars on this car i would buy a nice house and a BMW B7 Alpina.

      plus this cars gas mileage must be horrible! it has to weigh some 3-4 1/2 tons, i mean really.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It may be technologically advanced, but it sure does not have the coolness factor that the classic version next to it has. it also leaves you wide open to drive by fruiting...

      You might want to get the Pope-Mobile
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess if exclusivity is worth this much to you great but damn!!! Another way to get exclusivity is to be like me, by a mass market car and drive it for 10 years. By the time you get rid of it you won't have to worry about pulling up next to your twin at a stoplight. LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      They need to take this pile out to the wood shed and put it out of it's misery. No way I'd shell out $1.35 million for something as hideous as this thing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      And still looks less elegant and classy than the Maserati Quatroporte
      • 7 Years Ago
      And why not? The other Maybach models are such a success!

      Oh, wait... Maybe not...
      • 7 Years Ago
      the "backseat convertible" configuration reminds me of my 80's 4Runner.

      But my 4Runner doesn't have a champagne holder, unfortunately.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Crazy people by pick ups and add seating in the back while the eccentric simply buy landaulets. While I'm sure it's amenity rich I still have to ask...really? Creativity gone wrong.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fugly and rediculous! Whoever buys this doesn't deserve the money they have.
      • 7 Years Ago
      even if i was "a superrich individual who wants something that is extremely extraordinary and enjoys being driven in a car with acres of sky above them." I wouldn't even give this car a look. Rich people are *generally* rich because they know how to manage their money. This is an extremely extraordinarily grossly overpriced vehicle.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is a market for these cars. There are people out there who spend $1.35 million like I spend 5 bucks. It's absolutely nothing to them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Rich people are *generally* rich because they know how to manage their money" and I assume that's why Rolls-Royce and Bentley are having the best years of their existence. You "become" rich by knowing how to manage your money but then, you can afford to overspend Tha'ts why this car is for the super rich who don't want to buy a regular or lwb Phantom just because they can afford more than the neighbor. It's not because it's the best car for the super rich, it's just because they know it is above the price range of 99% of us (plus don't forget, it's more expensive than the neighbors Phantom).
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think you answered your own question, kinda... this vehicle is targeted towards those rich people who generally aren't rich due to their business acumen but rather thanks to some fortunate circumstances. Whatever the case, Maybach has the right to offer such a product, and God bless them if they can sell a handful.

        One thing is for sure, unless you live in Dubai, chances are slim the owners will ever someone else driving - sorry, being driven - in the same car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For that price I better be getting (truck) nuts and at least a couple of whistle tips.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd take an early 60's Lincoln Convertible with suicide doors over this any day.

      Heck, I'd take just about any car over this steaming pile. Having said that, I'm probably just jealous I can't afford such poor taste.

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