Mercedes-Maybach Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Mercedes-Maybach has unveiled a unique S-Class model that epitomizes the shared values of heritage-rich brands. This exclusive vehicle draws inspiration from the legendary SPHINX 12mR yacht, a symbol of timeless elegance and craftsmanship.

A Tribute to the SPHINX 12mR Yacht

The Mercedes-Maybach S 680 (combined energy consumption: 14.2-13.2 l/100 km | combined CO₂ emissions: 323-300 g/km | CO₂ class: G) is designed to mirror the aesthetic of the SPHINX yacht. The SPHINX, built in 1939, is known as the “night-blue beauty” and was the first classic wooden yacht restored by Robbe & Berking, leading to the establishment of Robbe & Berking Classics in 2008.

Exterior Elegance

The S 680 anniversary edition features a two-tone paint finish, with nautical blue metallic on the upper section and MANUFAKTUR patagonia red bright on the lower section. A delicate pinstripe in MANUFAKTUR opalite white metallic separates these colors, reminiscent of the yacht’s white waterline. We congratulate Robbe & Berking on their anniversary and look forward to continuing our successful collaboration,” said Daniel Lescow, Head of Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

Luxurious Interior Design

Inside, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class anniversary model showcases an interior draped in crystal white nappa leather with orion grey topstitching. This luxurious material covers the seats, headliner, door panels, and storage compartments, featuring diamond quilting for added sophistication. The interior design is further enhanced by exclusive walnut wood trim with light-colored aluminum strips, evoking the look of a ship’s deck.

Comfort and Convenience

Other highlights include electric comfort doors at the rear, MANUFAKTUR door sill trims with illuminated MAYBACH lettering, and the Burmester high-end 4D surround sound system. The vehicle also includes the MBUX high-end rear-seat entertainment system and a cooling compartment with two silver-plated champagne goblets from Robbe & Berking, adding an extra touch of luxury. This wonderful anniversary vehicle is another sign of the friendship that has long connected Maybach and Robbe & Berking.

A Legacy of Excellence: The SPHINX Racing Yacht

The SPHINX, belonging to the renowned “12 Meter R class,” is a testament to classic yacht design and sailing excellence. Built in 1939 by the Abeking & Rasmussen boatyard, the 21.48-meter-long yacht served various roles, including as a training ship for the German Navy. It has won numerous accolades, including the Blue Riband for the fastest yacht on the Flensburg Fjord.

In 2005, Oliver Berking and his partners purchased the SPHINX and meticulously restored it according to its original plans. This restoration project laid the foundation for Robbe & Berking Classics, a yacht shipyard dedicated to preserving and restoring classic sailing yachts. Today, the shipyard is a globally recognized specialist in this field.


The exclusive Mercedes-Maybach S-Class created for Robbe & Berking’s 150th anniversary is a celebration of shared values, craftsmanship, and timeless elegance. This unique vehicle not only honors the rich history of both brands but also showcases their commitment to excellence and innovation. Though this particular model has already been reserved, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy and future potential of Mercedes-Maybach and Robbe & Berking.