Mercedes-Maybach G650 will be auctioned for charity

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet;*Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 17,0 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 397 g/kmMercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet;*Fuel consumption combined: 17.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 397 g/km

The very last of 99 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulets produced will go up for sale at Bonhams Zoute auction next month. It's been submitted directly from Mercedes' head office, and proceeds from the sale will go to charity.

When Mercedes announced that its Maybach arm would turn its hand to the aging and faintly ridiculous G-Wagen, plenty of people scoffed. Then it arrived at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year... and people scoffed again.

Mercedes-Maybach G650 will be auctioned for charity
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Mercedes-Maybach G650 will be auctioned for charity

The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is possibly the ultimate display of excess – forcing together a luxurious interior, convertible roof, go-anywhere chassis and highly tuned V12 engine.

Built as a send-off for the G-Class, which is based around a 1970s design, the G650 Landaulet was limited to just 99 examples worldwide. And it's number 99, the last of the breed, which will head to auction on October 21 in the Bonhams Zoute sale in Belgium.

Offered for sale directly from Daimer AG (parent company of Mercedes), it's likely to far surpass its original list price of €630,000, or around £559,160.

Bonhams would not reveal the official auction estimate, but did say it expected the G650 to reach a 'very high' six-figure sum. Could it be worth over a million?

Whatever the car eventually sells for, the auction's proceeds will go directly to charity. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation "celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good" and will receive all benefits from the auction.

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