Maybach Landaulet. Click image to enlarge
Stuttgart, Germany – Maybach has announced that it is adding a fifth model to its line-up with the introduction of the new Maybach Landaulet. The new model features an extra-large folding roof with only the chauffeur’s area closed.
The production model follows the Landaulet concept car, released in November 2007; the company said that response was overwhelming and that it decided to offer the hand-built Landaulet based exclusively on each customer’s specifications. A limited number will be built in Sindelfingen, Germany over a restricted period of time. The first vehicles are expected to be finished in the fall of 2008, at a base price of $900,000, or U.S. $1.35 million.
The Landaulet is based on the Maybach 62 S, with invisible reinforcement through an integral tubular steel structure in the side walls. When closed, the car’s black soft top rests on the roof frame, and is wind- and weatherproof; it is operated by a switch in the chauffeur’s centre console and is covered with a leather tonneau cover when done. An intercom in the passenger compartment with an additional handset allows passengers to communicate with the driver at any time while the roof is down.