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Few brands have as much social prestige as Mercedes. Some of this comes from their luxury models, such as the 2022 EQS, but more of it comes from fancy sub-brands.
The German company, Maybach, happens to be one of those brands. Recently, it has celebrated the 100th anniversary of its very first car.
The most appropriate way to celebrate this historical milestone is with new cars. Mercedes-Maybach is launching a pair of limited-edition vehicles that commemorate their past.
Maybach’s history before the Mercedes partnership
Maybach started in 1909 as an independent company selling engines to train and airship manufacturers. It got its name from founder Wilhelm Maybach and his son, Karl.
According to Motor Authority, they didn't make their first car until 1919. This was a prototype called the W1 Testwagen, and it proved wildly popular with consumers.
The 22/70 HP W3 was the production version of their first car. They unveiled it in 1921 at the Berlin International Motor Show and produced about 300 of them.
This was a luxury car for the time. It had brakes at each wheel and a planetary gearbox. Its inline-six engine generated 70 mph, and they lined the interior with leather and wood.
The company made more models after the HP W3, but they stopped making any cars at the start of the Second World War. In 1960, Daimler bought Maybach. Daimler acquired Mercedes-Benz, and that is how Maybach became part of Mercedes.
The Maybach-Mercedes anniversary car
Car design has progressed over the past 100 years, and the 22/70 HP W3 no longer stands for luxury. When Maybach wanted to celebrate a century in the car business, the company created Edition 100 versions of the Maybach S-Class and Maybach GLS-Class.
The S-class sedan is based on the S680. This was a natural choice since it is at the top of its range. Motor Trend reported that this anniversary car has a V-12 engine and all-wheel-drive. The twin-turbocharged engine gives it 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque.
There are plenty of luxurious additions, such as white and gray Manufaktur leather in the interior. It has all of the S680's favorite features, such as heat and massage functions on the seats. They even included a Burmester 4D surround sound system and an advanced head-up display.
The interior has an elegant color scheme of Crystal White and Silver Gray Pearl. The look is futuristic, with a black dash, a two-tone steering wheel, and plenty of shiny amenities. The exterior also looks classy with a Cirrus Silver bottom, a Nautical Blue top half, and a low profile.
If you want the anniversary SUV, your car will be based on the GLS600. The features are the same as the S-Class.
Mercedes struts its exclusivity
Anyone who ordered one of these special editions is in an exclusive club because there are only 100 of each anniversary car being made. U.S. residents will have to wait until the first half of 2022 to get their vehicle though.
They made certain the people who ordered them knew how lucky they were, too, from the many Edition 100 badges covering the C-pillars and door sills. The hubcaps, custom car cover, and leather case even sport the words “Edition 100.”
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