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2004 MAYBACH 57

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This 2004 Maybach 57 is a smart example of the marque’s landmark ultra-luxury saloon, presented in very good condition. It is powered by the 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, producing a substantial 543bhp and 664lb ft of torque, driving the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. Considering its size and weight, its motor enables remarkably swift progress, capable of sprinting from rest to 60mph in around 5.1 seconds.

Reintroduced by Mercedes-Benz in 2002 to compete with Rolls-Royce following its takeover by BMW, the Maybach brand’s key focus was to provide the most luxurious vehicles possible, while also offering ample performance. The Maybach 57 saloon was named for its length of just over 5.7 metres, and provides cossetting comfort for its occupants.

An original left-hand drive example ordered new in the US, the Maybach was acquired five years ago by the seller when he was living in Monaco, for use in continental Europe. When he moved to the UK recently, so did the car, and it was imported in late 2019. It has been used as his regular transport on and off over the last five years, clocking up some 10,000 miles in that time. The odometer now shows 101,000 miles from new.

Featuring elegant, sweeping lines, the bodywork is very smart, with no signs of accident damage. Just about every exterior element of the car is finished in black, from the paint and wheels to the badging, while there are also tinted windows and smoked tail light lenses. The paint is smooth and even across the car, and is described by the seller as being in generally good condition. There are a few imperfections, including a chip above the driver-side front door handle and a bubble in the paint just ahead of the door opening.

The exterior appearance has been subtly modified to that of a later 57 S model, including a revised front bumper. There is minor damage to the rear Maybach badge, and marks to the rubber door seals and door shuts. The car rides on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, which are presentable, with only some small nicks and scuffs to the finish.

In the cabin, it is understood that the interior has also been upgraded with elements of the 57 S. There are swathes of high-grade black leather covering the sumptuous seats, door cards, dashboard, and central consoles – all of which presents well, commensurate with the mileage. As you would expect, the Maybach 57 is extremely well equipped, with all four seats being power adjustable and featuring a memory function, and four-zone climate control. All four seats are heated, and the front seats also have ventilation.

Other creature comforts include a rear DVD player with displays in the front seatbacks, a 21-speaker Bose sound system with wireless headphones, and a refrigerated compartment beneath the rear armrest. There is also a rear-view camera, and adaptive cruise control. Headliner-mounted instrument gauges show the rear-seat occupants the time and current speed, while there are also fold-out tables for occasional work, which are finished in piano black. There are some scuffs and markets on the grey carpeting, but certainly nothing beyond what you would expect for the age and mileage.

As the seller has used the car to travel between the UK and Monaco, the car’s last scheduled maintenance was carried out at 98,000 miles by Mercedes Cannes. Prior to this, it has been looked after in London by Belgravia Garage. It is reported to be in good running order, and has proven to be reliable as a regularly driven car.

Its last MOT test was carried out on 5 September 2019 at 100,197 miles, which it passed first time with no advisories. This Maybach’s wheels are shod in Continental SportContact tyres in size 275/45 R20, with a high load rating, which are described as having around 90% of their tread remaining.

There is no prior service history on file, though of course the seller can attest to its current condition and maintenance carried out over the last five years. The car has no known faults, and items such as the original spare wheel and tool kit are still present.

This Maybach 57 is a sound example of one of the most impressive luxury cars of the 21st century. There is a powerhouse engine beneath the bonnet, complement by a meticulously appointed cabin that makes long distances fly by. For those who want to experience first-class travel on the road, this is a great opportunity to acquire a prestige poster car.

All cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

Please note: the cherished plate shown on the car is not included in the sale. It will be switched back to an age-related registration plate in the event of a successful auction.

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