As you probably know by now, I recently purchased a Mercedes-Benz G500 Cabriolet, which is truly one of the most bizarre automobiles in existence: a G-Class except smaller and a convertible. It’s fun but it’s also incredibly strange, which makes it right up my alley. I love it.
However, it is by no means the strangest version of the G-Wagen. That honor undoubtedly goes to the 6-wheel-drive Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6, which has six wheels. But a close second is a lesser-known G-Wagen model: the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, which is also an insane G-Wagen.
For those of you who don’t know the Landaulet, here’s the basic situation: It was based on the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4 Squared, itself a ridiculous vehicle, with massively raised axles and flared fenders. It looked like, and was intended to look like, a monster truck. The Landaulet took things further, though, with an extended body for additional legroom — all in the back. It was a luxury G-Wagen, intended for those who wanted to be chauffeur-driven.
To really drive this point home, the G650 Landaulet was a true “landaulet” — and by that, I mean it had a convertible top but only for the rear seats. If you were sitting in back, you could put the roof down and enjoy the sun and wind but the driver stayed under a metal roof. He is, after all, “just” the chauffeur.
The G650 Landaulet also had some other insane features — like, for instance, a twin-turbo V12 in place of the “regular” V8 in the G500 4×4 Squared — and Mercedes-Benz sold just 100 units globally at a reported sticker price of nearly $1 million. This makes it rarer than the G63 6×6 — and more powerful — so some might say the crazy G650 Landaulet, and not the 6×6, is the ultimate G-Wagen. It’s certainly a contender.
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