If for some reason you didn’t want to buy quite possibly the coolest looking car ever, the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead for $1.19 million, there is now another choice: the Maybach Landaulet.
The Landaulet takes the concept of Limousines to another step, it keeps the best bits of a limo, including all the luxury bits, but its a half-convertible, similar to the popemobile one might say!
Last year Maybach sold no cars in Australia while Rolls Royce was breaking records, so who exactly will buy this car?
“The Landaulet is for a superrich individual who wants something that is extremely extraordinary and enjoys being driven in a car with acres of sky above them,” said Hans-Dieter Multhaupt, vice president of program management for Maybach and the Mercedes-Benz S class, SL, SLK and SLR
Unlike the Drophead which you can drive yourself and still look rich, the Landaulet is designed as a chauffeur-driven limousine. Basically the soft partial convertible top only opens above the rear-seat passengers (from the B-pillar back).
While you’re enjoying the sunshine, James is still covered by a nonremovable hard top. Not exactly a new concept though, the last Landaulet from Mercedes was based on the W100 Pullman body style and was doing the rounds from 1965 to 1981.
The super luxury car will go on sale in the U.S. in December for $1.35 million (AUD $1.47).