Maybach: German Luxury
Maybach was founded in 1903 as a small car company, intending to produce luxury cars for the emerging German upper class. Serving as the German competitor to Rolls Royce, the intention was to make the Maybach car the vehicle of choice for German royalty, nobility and captains of industry. Unfortunately, the small market was made smaller by the first World War and subsequent recession. Only 1800 Maybach cars were produced before the company was forcibly shut down in 1945.
Maybach cars came back in 1997 when it became Mercedes Maybach, a subsidiary of Mercedes. Hoping to compete with the BMW-owned Rolls Royce, the Mercedes Maybach line of cars were produced in very small numbers, with each model effectively being a personalized custom vehicle intended for a single consumer. With plush interiors and powerful engines, the Mercedes Maybach cars were prized for build quality and comfort. They are considered “Super Luxury” cars, with interiors above and beyond anything available on the general consumer market.
5 remarkable things about Maybach
- As of 2013, Maybach will no longer exist, due to low sales.
- The company is currently owned by Daimler-Chrysler and thus Fiat.
- The company produced heavy tanks for the Nazi Regieme during the 30s and 40s, focusing primarily on heavy tanks, tank busters and self propelled artillery.
- The company was shut down at the end of WWII because of its weapons production as part of postwar restructuring.
- Maybach requires a criminal background check before sale to verify that their vehicles are not being sold to criminals.
Mayback Famous Models
The only two cars produced during this revival were the Maybach 57 and Maybach 62. Both cars are built and designed on the same frame and design, with variations only in length and price. The Maybach 57 is smaller than the Maybach 62, and has a smaller engine. Both cars are capable of going from 0 to 60 in under five seconds, and have a top speed over 150 miles per hour. This enables the vehicles to outrun and escape from pursuit if necessary. The interiors are carefully hand made by specialists, and include full media entertainment centers in addition to a a small bar. Each seat has its own climate control, and carefully placed sources of heat and cold enable each passenger to have their own personal temperature.
The tuned versions of the Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 offer superior performance and power, although the interior is untouched. While very large and ungainly when compared to most racing vehicles, they are capable of traveling at 190 mph and have a stiffened suspension in order to improve handling. This makes the ride much rougher than in the standard models, although it is still far superior to non-luxury vehicles.