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The $1.35 Million Maybach

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The beyond-glamorous Landaulet concept shown by Mercedes' Maybach brand earlier this year will be built. But you better have bank to line up for delivery -- the new convertible sedan will cost north of $1.35 million, according to this morning's Automotive News.

The Landaulet will be a 2009 model and will be available in the U.S. this December, the News reports. Hans-Dieter Multhaupt, Maybach product manager, told the paper that "The Landaulet is for a superrich individual who wants something that is extremely extraordinary and enjoys being driven in a car with acres of sky above them."

While the driver of the Landaulet gets a roof over their head, the passengers are out in the open, though a soft convertible top can be raised over the rear seating area of the Landaulet. The goal is to see and to be seen, apparently. The rear doors and side windows are carried over intact from the Maybach sedans. And, Multhaupt says many Landaulets will be fitted with a glass barrier between the driver and passengers.

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