Car News: Oversteer
You Can Buy This Maybach on Autotrader for $51,000
Ten years ago, this 2007 Maybach 57 was the pinnacle of luxury: a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Phantom for the title of the single most luxurious vehicle on the market, save for possibly the slightly longer Maybach 62. The base price of this car back then was $336,500 -- before options.
Now you can get one for the same price as a nice BMW 3 Series.
This Maybach 57 is offered by Mercedes-Benz of Ann Arbor, in Michigan, with 64,000 miles on the odometer -- a high figure for a Maybach, which were typically seldom driven by the jet-set owners who first purchased them. It has a clean Carfax report showing previous owners in California and Florida ... and it's available for just $51,000, making it the cheapest Maybach on Autotrader.
On the outside, the Maybach 57 is everything you'd expect it to be -- a massive presence that towers over the S-Class, despite similar styling. This particular one is finished in "Himalayas Medium Gray Metallic," and it doesn't show any unusual damage. Inside, there's wood and leather as far as the eye can see -- and under the hood is the same 5.5-liter V12 from the Mercedes-Benz S600 and SL600. Simply put, this is the most luxurious, exotic, opulent vehicle you can get for fifty grand.
Of course, buying a Maybach and maintaining one are two different things -- which is likely part of the reason why values remain in freefall. With that said, the same is true for the Rolls-Royce Phantom, though those have bottomed out around $90,000 -- and they're unlikely to get any cheaper. I suspect the Maybach's even worse deprecation is primarily due to its similar-to-S-Class styling, while the Phantom still seems about as imposing today as it did when it first debuted.
Regardless, the plummeting values mean you can pick up a nice Maybach -- like this one -- pretty cheap. And you should. Good luck.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.