Open-top Maybach Landaulet makes the leap from design study to production vehicle; to be priced at EUR 900,000 this fall.

In a move that won't surprise many people, Maybach has approved the outrageous Landaulet open-top sedan for production.  The 62 S-based Landaulet design study was first shown in November of last year, and its open passenger cabin coupled to a closed chauffeur's area harkened to the classic luxury era from which the brand takes its name.  Favorable reaction to the Landaulet at auto shows led to its being put into production.

Like the show car, the hand-built Landaulet will be based on the Maybach 62 S.  The fifth Maybach model line's obvious distinction comes from the rear roof section, which has been replaced with a powered soft top and glass window.  Two exterior colors are offered:  Baltic Black or Nevada Silver.  The 20-inch wheels can be polished or matched to the body color.  Interior treatments are similarly limited, with three leather choices and two trim finishes.  The Landaulet can also be had with custom paint and interior trim just like any Maybach.  The Landaulet's passenger cabin is subtly upgraded,with a wind deflector and larger rear headrests that also reduce turbulence.  The twin-turbo V12 also gets a slight horsepower boost, to 450.  

Maybach has set Landaulet pricing at EUR 900,000 ($1.35 million US), and it's a limited production model, of course.  The first Maybach Landaulets will be hand-built in autumn of 2008.