Initially designed for military purposes, and then commercialized in 1969, the Mercedes Class G is a legendary jeep. Not only on account of the extreme spirit with which it was designed, but also for having maintained, for such a long time, that fascination which remains so striking today. Almost forty years later, with a complete remake on the offing, it is getting ready to close its honorable career.
Maybach is a historic German brand famed for its luxury saloons. It was bought by Daimler AG and nowadays works with Mercedez-Benz to produce sedans characterized by luxury and comfort. The Mercedes-Maubach G 650 Landaulet was the fruit of this partnership. A highly unusual Class G.
The chassis is the same as that of the Class G 63 AMG 6×6 and gives the vehicle a length of 5.34 meters and a height of 2.2 meters. The bonnet houses a V12 bi-turbo 630 HP engine with 1,000 Nm of torque, while the interior is fitted out with the luxurious comfort and materials for which Maybach is famous. But the really unusual thing about the jeep is its name, ‘Landaulet’. Landaulets were fashionable in the twenties and thirties and were large, chauffeur-driven vehicles with the front part of the roof made of metal and the rear part a removable hood, to the benefit of the passengers.
Even though this vehicle will hardly be driven by uniformed chauffeurs in any of the world’s extreme locations, it remains splendidly customized and worthy of bringing to a close one of the most iconic Mercedes vehicles ever produced. For collectors, or rather, for extreme collectors.
The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet will be produced in a limited edition of 99 at a price not yet published.
Stuttgart, February 17 2017