19 April 2022
Mercedes-Maybach has unveiled its final Project Maybach collaboration with the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh, writes ILM. Designed in partnership with Mercedes‑Benz Group AG Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener in 2021, the vehicle was finalised before Abloh’s untimely passing in November 2021 and is available in a limited run of 150 units. The fully-equipped Mercedes‑Maybach S‑Class S680 features an exterior with a unique two-tone colour combination; while the upper part of the vehicle is lacquered in a glossy obsidian black, the lower part, side flanks and special forged rims are painted in a sand hue. The two-tone colour scheme continues in the interior, where the four-seat configuration, steering wheel, doors, lower dashboard and ceiling are lined in black and sand-coloured nappa leather, coplete with sand coloured décor trims and strips. All of the customers of this strictly limited run will receive a custom-made wooden box covered in sand-coloured nappa leather emblazoned with the Mercedes‑Maybach and Virgil Abloh logo, which includes a 1/18 scale replica of the limited-edition car, two car keys and a carabiner hook. Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz Group, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the work we have created in collaboration with Virgil. From Project Geländewagen, which set the benchmark for fashion/automotive collaborations with our iconic G‑Class, to Project Maybach which brought the distinguished Mercedes‑Maybach heritage into the future, together with Virgil we truly broke new ground. The limited-edition Maybach by Virgil Abloh exemplifies the symbiosis between innovative design and ultimate craftsmanship now available on the road.”

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