From Maybach G650 Landaulet to Ferrari 365 ‑ Bonhams' Zoute sale
What’s 5m long, 2m high, has 630bhp and is expected to sell for more than half a million pounds? It’s the world’s ultimate SUV. Drop off the little darlings at the school gates in this monster and you’re sure to be the centre of attention.
The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet was launched as the brand’s ultimate super-luxury go-anywhere machine earlier in 2017, and all 98 were quickly snapped up. But Mercedes kept one back for itself…which is the car Bonhams is selling at its Zoute auction on October 6th. It is the first – and perhaps only – time the most extravagant factory-produced G-wagen ever has been available in a public sale.
Bonhams expects the unlikely star of its Belgian auction to surpass its list price of €630,000 (£562,000), with Mercedes donating all proceeds to its partner charity, Laureus Sport for Good, which focuses on helping children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage through sport. Bonhams waiving its fees and buyers' premium for the sale.
What will the buyer get for their money? A heck of a lot of luxury and off-road ability, that’s for sure, along with exclusivity even in the customised world of G-wagens where anything goes (and frequently has). It’s simply huge with a rear compartment – separated from the driver by a glass partition – boasting acres of space under the landaulet hood. There are top-of-the-range S-class seats in the back complete with massage function, leg rests and a host of luxuries for both business and pleasure.
With a biturbo V12 of 630bhp and 750 lb ft of torque, half a metre of ground clearance and lots of old-school off-roading hardware there are few places on the planet it won’t be able to go.
Other highlights from the Bonhams Zoute sale include:
1968 Ferrari 365 GTC Coupé (€730-870,000), the twentieth of 150 built, and, says Bonhams, “an exquisite example of the handsome and much under-rated Ferrari GT.”
2004 Aston Martin DB AR1 (€250-350,000). The limited-edition, lightweight grand tourer was a collaborative effort between Aston Martin and Zagato, and was based on the DB7,
1999 Aston Martin V8 Volante LWB, (€170-250,000). A genuine four-seater that is one of only 64 LWB Volantes ever constructed.
1993 Jaguar XJ220 (€350-450,000). Still the fastest ever production Jaguar, even after 25 years.
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2-litre cabriolet ’25 Jahre 911’ Jubilee (€75-95,000). One of only 43 examples of its type built