Mystery driver hits Irish roads in €500k limo - only the fourth ever in the country
When a 2017 Maybach limousine is registered you know someone, somewhere, is doing very well for themselves.
An Irish person has just become the proud new owner of a Mercedes-Maybach, one of the most expensive cars on the island. The so-far anonymous buyer spent €250,000 on the S-Class model in recent weeks and up to €250,000 on extras, a motor industry source told the Sunday Independent.
There have only ever been three Irish Maybach owners. Coolmore stud owner John Magnier and property developer Johnny Ronan are both Maybach owners, while songstress Enya has a chauffeur to drive hers.
There is speculation that UFC fighter Conor McGregor has added the car to his eye-watering luxury collection, which includes a BMW i8, Mercedes-Benz S-Coupe, Rolls-Royce, Range Rover, Lamborghini and Cadillac Escalade. Such a move would bring him in line with Floyd Mayweather, who added the Mercedes-Maybach S600 to his fleet before his €120m fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Whoever the mystery Irish owner is, they can enjoy the luxury touches of an exclusive in-car Maybach perfume called 'agarwood' and two silver-plated champagne flutes.
The car also comes with a panoramic sliding sunroof - which claims to create the feel of open-top motoring even when the roof is closed; electric sun blinds, ambient lighting around its chrome-plated speakers, and two vanity mirrors in the rear, clad in diamond-quilted leather. The owner also has the option of a minibar.
Enya is known to enjoy privacy curtains at the back windows of her limousine, and a massive faux-fur lining for the rear seats. Her manager Nicholas Ryan recently joked to a visiting US reporter in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the downturn: "There were only two in all of Ireland… but then the other one crashed, so it's one of a kind."
Maybachs are popular in the showbiz world. Rhianna paid homage in song - and more than 700 other rap tracks pay tribute to the vehicle. A Maybach also features in Jay Z and Kanye West's video for the track Otis.
The long list of famous owners includes Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Sean 'Puffy' Combs, 50 Cent, Samuel L Jackson and Jay Z Combs gave the car to his son as a present for his sweet-16 party; Busta Rhymes was charged with allegedly assaulting a rival who showed 'disrespect' to his vehicle; Ja Rule went to prison for two years when a search of his Maybach revealed a loaded weapon. The main competitor of Rolls Royce and formerly under the Daimler brand, the Maybach is the longest and heaviest car in production.
But decades earlier, the company's V-12 engines powered something even longer - airships built for the US Navy.