For the price of a Bugatti Veyron, ride with Gaddafi's Maybach 4

Recently seen on a Dutch site specializing in the sale of rare and exclusive models, one of the rare Maybach coupes built by Xenatec calls out as much by its rather particular pedigree. Before some trouble, the former Libyan leader Muammar Kadhafi had ordered this copy before giving it up definitively in October 2011.

Maybach, now Mercedes ultra-luxury label, has had a rather unenviable fortune. Old glory of the 1930s, the manufacturer was recreated from scratch in 2002 by Mercedes as a brand in its own right. Problem, the legitimacy to compete with Rolls Royce and Bentley sold at the same price is not won in a few months … The adventure comes to an end, before lowering the curtain in 2013.

In the meantime, some models have been the subject of some attention from a few preparers or bodybuilders. This is the case with Xenatec, obscure German engineering office financed by various investment funds, notably Saudi ones. The idea was simple: transform the Maybach 57 sedan into an imposing coupe. The removal of the rear doors and the new design of the roof line gave rise to a result that was certainly extremely flashy, but, curiously, rather successful.

Gaddafi never took advantage

Alone eight units of these achievements have emerged. It must be said that including the price of the donor car, the total amount of the transformation was close to one million euros, excluding the whims of personalization. The price of a Bugatti Veyron, at the time, for a younger S-Class technical base, that could make even the most fortunate hesitate.

The copy here offered for sale by the Auto Leitner site should have joined the buzzing and motley fleet of the big boss of Tripoli. Muammar Gaddafi had indeed ordered this 57 S Xenatec coupe in 2010, before reviewing his plans for the future (and giving them up for good in October 2011).

The car was never delivered, and only displays 2,000 km on the odometer. Just enough time to break in the biturbo 612 hp V12, shared with the S 600s of the time. If your transfer limit allows get rid of the 961,950 € requested, all the data can be found here.