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Mega coupe teased by Mercedes-Maybach

Long and low: Mercedes used its social media to spring this teaser image of a Maybach coupe concept that is said to be almost six metres long.

Mercedes stretches its vision of a modern 1930s-style Maybach super-luxury coupe

11 Aug 2016

By RON HAMMERTON

NOW, that’s a Maybach. After crafting a couple of finely honed but terminally conservative limousines under its rejuvenated Maybach super-luxury line, Mercedes-Maybach has built this jaw-dropping chop-top coupe concept that appears to cover about two postcodes.

Appropriately, the S-Class-based two-door grand tourer – a nod to Maybach’s tear-drop-shaped Stromlinie streamliner coupe of the 1930s – is expected to be revealed in the flesh on August 19 in California at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance with its ready-made audience of car-mad billionaires and millionaires.

Half of Hollywood can be expected to beat a path to Mercedes’ door to demand the German company bring this rolling status symbol – a sort-of latter-day Mercedes SSK – to production.

All it is missing is a set of big chrome exhaust pipes hanging out of the side of that long, long bonnet.

Mercedes revealed this teaser image on its social media overnight with a single line of text: “Hot and cool – almost six metres of ultimate luxury.” Potentially, that makes the two-door coupe even longer than the four-door Mercedes-Maybach S-Class limo that stretches to 5453mm.

Like that sedan, the coupe has a Mercedes three-pointed star on the front and a Maybach badge on the rear pillar – the only evidence that it comes under the Maybach banner.

So far, the powers that be in Stuttgart are tight-lipped on the potential for a production version, although we hear the pressure to give it the green light is already on within the company.

And once the well-heeled chaps at Pebble Beach start flashing their bank accounts, it could be a fait accompli.

When Mercedes relaunched the Maybach brand in 2014, it intimated that a coupe, convertible and three-row Pullman might be on the cards.

It would not be the first coupe to wear the Maybach moniker. Founded in 1909 as a subsidiary of the famous German Zeppelin blimp company, Maybach built coupes cabrios along with its high-end luxury sedans when it was at its zenith in the 1930s.

The most famous was the 1939 streamlined sports coupe that, like modern Maybachs, was based on a conventional but fast luxury car, the SW 38.

In 2004, Maybach crafted the one-off Exelero sports coupe based on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren for German tyre company Fulda.

While the Exelero never made it into production, it allegedly was sold to rapper Birdman for $US8 million ($A10.3m).

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