The very last Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet has been the subject of a frantic bidding war when it reached the auction house – and we’re very happy a private Belgian buyer won because the €1.2 million proceeds from the sale will be directed to charity.
The G650 Landaulet – just reading the Mercedes-Maybach signature lets you know this is probably the most exuberant, costly and overboard G Class ever made to date. It’s also going to be extremely rare – production ended after just 99 examples were manufactured. The very last one crossed the auction block at a Bonhams event where Daimler dropped the royal SUV to benefit the “Laureus sport for good foundation” charity – Mercedes being one of their global partners.
The model premiered back in March during the Geneva Motor Show, the automaker announcing all examples had been pre-sold for the incredible pre-tax price of €630,000 – Mercedes only decided to retain the last one for this higher purpose. The limited-run G-Class uses the portal axles of the G500 4×4² and also makes room for the fully reclining individual rear seats of the S-Class – for that Mercedes extended the wheelbase by almost 58 centimeters (23 inches) and even fitted a glass partition for extra intimacy. You can forego that latter part thanks to the electrically-operated soft top – making the Landaulet a true crossover – part limousine, part cabriolet and part off-roader.