Return of the V12
Mercedes celebrates 100 years of Maybach

Mercedes is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Maybach brand this year. The very first serial production model of Maybach Motorenbau GmbH – the 22/70 HP W3 – was unveiled in September 1921, and while Daimler acquired Maybach in 1961, the Maybach name has been one of the ultimate representations of sophistication and automotive luxury. 100 years on from it’s birth, the company has just released a short video celebrating the milestone, and at the end of the clip it teases a special edition S-Class with V12 badge.

The brand new S-Class V12 will pay homage to the original W3, which was powered by a 5.7-litre 70 hp inline-six and numbered around 300 examples built from 1921 to 1926. The V12 badge can be seen clearly on the side of the car on the front fender. While the company has mentioned the V12 engine would be staying, it has been on hiatus for quite some time, so this teaser has many in the ultra-luxury industry talking.

So far, there are no details as to a release date or the special edition itself. For the time being, we can only look back at all the elegant models shown in the video below.