Oh Maybach, how far will you fall? Normally when screaming about depreciation, its the Maybach 57, not the king of the hill 62 like we have here today. Just to refresh, the 62 was the extra-long wheel base version that measures 20-feet-long (!) that allowed rear passengers lay completely flat. It rang in at $360,000 … in 2004. Just to put that into perspective, the 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom was only $320,000. This car was unbelievably expensive and its hard to argue it was worth it when you see it now and take a close look at it. That also probably explains why it is so cheap now.
I think it is going to be a long time before we see a car depreciate like a Maybach 57. Way back in the early-2000s, Mercedes-Benz decided to wanted to play in the same league as Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Not an outrageous idea, so they revived the storied Maybach name and launched two models, the 57 and the 62. They shared a general platform with the then-already replaced W140 S-Class, and kind of looked like a W220 S-Class on the outside. On the inside, you could see this was a W220. The steering wheel was a straight rebadge job along with the gauge cluster, and everything felt like a W220 which is not a good thing at all. Under the hood, you’d think they would have stuck with the twin-turbo M275 from the S600, but they changed it slightly to make an entirely new engine unique to the Maybach called the M285. All these one-off changes that had to be made and extremely low production resulted in the base model 57 carrying a sticker price of $320,000. That is $435,000 in today’s money. You’ll be shocked at what this 2004 57 can be had for today.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Maybach 57 on eBay
Last week I was watching a video on the BMW i3 about how much they have depreciated. A few years ago, they were selling for around the $40,000 mark and now can be bought in the mid-teens. The author of the video went on about how much of an actual value that was but you have to take in the fact that they received some tax subsidies, a lot of them were leased and it is a fairly unique car to begin with that not everyone can own because of its limited range. Because of all that, prices have tanked. Of course, the whole time I’m thinking that the i3 has absolutely nothing on the Maybach when it comes to depreciation in terms of actual dollars. I examined this topic a few years ago with a 57S and figured it might be time to revisit the mid-2000s monsters of eating your money in a 2005 57 located in Texas. Here is a hint at what I found: not much has changed.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Maybach 57 on eBay
A little over a year ago I examined a 2008 Maybach 57S and explained why I thought it was one of the worst cars you can probably buy in terms of well … everything. Today I’m checking out another Mayback 57S and you may have noticed that this one looks a little different. What you are looking at is one of nine 57S Coupes ever produced. Now Mercedes-Benz and Maybach never officially produced a 57S Coupe but rather German coachbuilder Xenatec stepped in with the blessing from Mercedes and undertook this massive job. Xenatec orginally planned to produce somewhere between 100 to 200 of these 57S Coupes but operations ceased after Maybach sedan sales fell flat and maybe the market for a $930,000(!) luxury coupe wasn’t as big as they projected. Seriously, these cost over $900,000 when the sedan sold for a little more than $400,000. When looking at this monster, you can see that no corners were cut in this conversion as everything looks exactly what you’d expect from a production car outside of the lower front grill that looks a little suspect in the styling department. So what do you make of this thing? Another failed experiment or something to be treasured as an example of rare ultra-luxury?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Maybach 57S Coupe at Mechatronik
Model: 57S Coupe
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 28,600 km (17,771 mi)
Maybach 57 S coupé – luxurious exclusivity. As only 9 units were built, this coupé is one of the rarest, most unusual vehicles ever to have been produced in the history of this ultra-luxury-class vehicle segment.
Despite the fact that the Maybach 57S loses two doors as a coupé, it is still a four-seater. However, the A B and C pillars as well as the doors and the car wings were modified for the Maybach coupé. The B-pillar was pushed back 20 centimetres towards to the rear to enable back seat passengers to climb in easily.
The conversion of the rear sides increased the width of the Maybach coupé by 20 centimetres. The extended wheelhouse has 20 inch alloy wheels in a new design. The coupé conversion is rounded off by sporty skirts at the front and rear, new rear lights and an exhaust pipe in a new exhaust pipe shape.
In contrast, no change was made to the wheelbase at 3.39 metres nor to the entire drive shaft with its 612 hp and 1,000 Nm six-litre biturbo V12 engine. The Maybach 57S accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 275 km/h.
I really can’t get over how well they nailed the design of this car. The rear end of this car looks perfect in my opinion as they ditched the full length taillight and went with more of a CL-Class style with two separate pieces. The rear sears are crafted perfectly and they even went all out with the cooler in between them. They even left the three gauges on the roof so the rear passengers could see what is going on. You kind of understand why this car cost so much.
When you think about it, Xenatec was really onto something here. These came out before the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Bentley Brooklands were available but again, I think the problem was the price. You had people more than willing to pay the $400,000 for a Phantom Coupe but $900,000 for a car that still gives you flashbacks to the W220, not matter how well you tried to hide it, probably wasn’t going to work. The only reason I could see someone ponying up for these is the exclusivity because well, everyone has a Phantom Coupe or Drophead in Monaco but no one has the 57S Coupe. This explains why you see things like the Mega Track running around there even though it is a really odd car to have in the south of France.
Probably one of the most surprising things to me is that the seller, Mechatronik, actually had another one of these for sale as well. That was 2007 in black with tan interior that I preferred much more than this white one. Neither of these cars had prices listed but if I had to guess, I would say they aren’t too far away from that magical $1,000,000 mark. This of course seems insane seeing are you can buy the sedan version for $65,000 but it’s all about the price of exclusivity. You are paying for being one of nine (which I have my doubts on that there are only nine) and that is well worth it for some.