Today, Mercedes-Benz isn’t quite as far up in the ultra-luxury stratosphere it used to be. A well-optioned S-Class runs well into the six-figure range, and the company’s Maybach-badged S600 is one of the finest cars money can buy, but it just doesn’t have that rarefied cachet that it once did. Try as it might – and again, it is an astonishing car – the $190,000-plus range-topper came out with three strikes against it. The first is the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II. The second is the Bentley Flying Spur. The final is the car’s namesake, an automotive masterpiece that was unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and is unlikely to ever see again.
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