Maybach also produced high-end automobiles. The Maybach DS-7 (7 liters) and DS-8 (8 liters) got an amazing maneuverability despite their huge weight thanks to the development by Karl Maybach of an 8 speed forward gearbox.
The DS-8, from 1930, took the name of Zeppelin by reference to the remarkable reliability of the airship engines. With its 5.5 m long, this model will have a great career in the market for state cars and diplomatic gifts.
A sumptuously equipped seven seat limousine made in 1933 was presented by the Third Reich to a Maharajah who prudently hid it when he went to support the Allied forces.
In 2002, that car belonged to one of the best specialists of the brand who decided to replace the cumbersome limousine by a cabriolet on an unused drawing by Hermann Spohn, the company which was preferred by Maybach to equip their chassis.
That work executed by Reifen-Wagner lasted more than three years. A two-door convertible body on such a long car generates a dream vehicle, a peak of the late 1930s that had not been realized in its time. The Maybach Zeppelin convertible is estimated DKK 20M, for sale by Bonhams on September 26 in the castle of its current owner in Jutland, lot 48.
This is not a single case. On August 12, 2012, RM Auctions sold for DKK 10.2M including premium a Maybach Zeppelin DS-8. Its original body had been lost and the car had been recently equipped as a roadster in the style of Erdmann & Rossi.