Mercedes-Maybach created a yacht-inspired S-Class to celebrate huge anniversary

  • Mercedes-Maybach has created a unique yacht-inspired S-Class S 680
  • The unique and rare model celebrates the 150th anniversary of Robbe & Berking
  • And it took its inspiration from the legendary SPHINX 12mR yacht

Published on Jul 05, 2024 at 8:47 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jul 08, 2024 at 2:18 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Mercedes-Maybach has once again created a one-off and elegant car: the yacht-inspired S-Class S 680.

The rare and unique model celebrates the 150th anniversary of luxury yacht broker, Robbe & Berking. 

The über-rare vehicle was inspired by the legendary SPHINX 12mR yacht.

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The yacht that inspired it all

The SPHINX, aka the ‘night-blue beauty’ was the first classic wooden yacht to be restored by the shipyard.

In fact, the racing yacht’s 2008 restoration was the very thing that led to the Robbe & Berking Classics shipyard being established.

The ultra-luxury sedan was inspired by the shipyard’s historic first 12mR boat.

The classic SPHINX was originally built in 1939.

It was 21.48 m (70.47 ft) long.

As well as vessels inspiring cars, it works the other way too – the first Lamborghini 63 speedboat in North America recently hit the water.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S 680

Just like the yacht that inspired it, the Mercedes-Maybach S 680 anniversary vehicle has a stunning two-tone finish.

The immaculate paintwork consists of a nautical shade of blue metallic in the upper section and a bright Patagonia red on the lower bodywork.

Daniel Lescow, head of Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-Benz Group AG, made a statement.

“Like the yacht SPHINX, our exclusive Mercedes-Maybach S-Class anniversary vehicle epitomizes craftsmanship, elegance, and attention to detail,” he began.

“We congratulate Robbe & Berking on their anniversary and look forward to continuing our successful collaboration.”

Step aboard and the interior of the one-off Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sedan is finished in Maybach’s exclusive nappa leather.

The crystal white with diamond quilting of the seats, headliner, door center panels, and storage compartment under the central display is reflective of the elegance of life aboard a superyacht.

“This wonderful anniversary vehicle is another sign of the friendship that has long connected Maybach and Robbe & Berking,” Oliver Berking, managing director of Robbe & Berking GmbH said.

“We are also united by shared passions: craftsmanship, the finest materials, and timelessly beautiful lines – on the road as well as on the water and on the table.”

The Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is already considered a superyacht for the road.

In other news from the brand, this Mercedes-Maybach 19-foot luxury convertible concept has been brought to life by a Russian garage.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.