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A Very Special Maybach 57S Coupe Never Made It To It’s Original Buyer For The Craziest Reason

The original Owner of this special Mayback never took delivery of this rare Maybach 57SC by Xenatec, but someone else might for just $1.16 Million

Every now and then, we come across highly exclusive vehicles with an interesting story behind them. This is exactly the case with this Maybach 57S Coupe. Maybach is a very old car brand, which was briefly revived by Mercedes, back in 2002. Two versions – the 57 and 62 – were produced, each with their respective derivatives. Although over 3,000 cars were built in total, there were no coupes. That is until German coachbuilder Xenatec stepped in and converted some of the shorter 57S models. This is one of them and it was supposed to be delivered to a certain head of state - something, which never happened.

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1 of only 6 Maybach 57S Coupes is for sale, at $1.16 million.

The car in question is one of only six Maybach 57S’ converted into the two-door Maybach 57SC. Originally, 100 conversions were planned, but obviously, that did not happen.

What makes this two-tone beige and white Maybach 57S Coupe even more special is that it was ordered by Muammar Ghaddafi – former military and political figure in Lybia.

The Xenatec Maybach 57SC was ordered by him, but due to the fall of his government, the delivery never happened.

We are not sure how, but that same Maybach found itself in a Dutch dealership called Autoleitner, where it’s advertised as the lowest mileage Maybach 57SC by Xenatec, with only 1,429 miles (2,300 km). Actually, the dealership has, not one, but two of these Xenatec-converted Maybach 57S. However, we think the story behind this one is more intriguing.

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As you would expect from an ultra-luxury vehicle, the equipment list is immense. Soft-close doors, double-glazed windows, electric headrests, electric fridge, and a champagne holder, barely even scratch the surface.

The dealer is currently asking €961,950, which is the equivalent of $1.16 million, by the current exchange rates.

The price is steep, especially considering its closest modern-day analog – the Mercedes Maybach S580 – costs around $185,000. On the other hand, you do get a lot of car. In standard form, the Maybach 57S tipped the scales at 6,050 pounds (2,744 kg).

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Actually, the same M120 unit has been used in exotic cars like the Pagani Zonda. It has a killer soundtrack.

On the other hand, the Mercedes M120 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 pumps out 612 horsepower and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Nm). In original (sedan) form, the 57S could reach 60 mph (97 km/) in around 4.8 seconds, on its way to a 171 mph (276 km/h) top speed.

Maybach 57S Coupe by Xenatec specifications
Engine 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12
Power 612 HP
Torque 738 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.8 seconds
Top Speed 171 mph
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With such an asking price, you’d be a mad man to buy it. But at least you will have one of only six ultra-luxury GTs.

Regardless of how much you care about performance, it’s not every day you get the chance to buy the car of a controversial military and political figure from the Middle East. Moreover, with only six ever converted into coupes, this is certainly one of the most exclusive ultra-luxury vehicles ever made.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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