Let's say that you've just won the lottery. Chances are that one of the first things you would buy is a new car. What kind of car would you get? It really depends on how much money you want to spend and what kind of image you want to portray as you drive around.

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For example, let's say that you would like to blow $50,000 on a car. There are a lot of options. Everything from a new Corvette to a Hummer 2, along with all sorts of foreign and domestic sedans and SUVs, fill the bill.

If you want to spend $100,000 on a car, the choices are a bit more limited. For example, you might choose a BMW 760, a Mercedes S600, or a Porsche Cayenne.

All the premium automotive brands that we see advertising on television top out around $100,000 -- Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Volvo, etc. If you want to spend significantly more than $100,000, you start stretching into the realm of the exotic sports cars -- the hand-built Ferraris and Lamborghinis -- or into the realm of the ultra luxury sedan. The luxury sedan niche is typified by the Rolls Royce.

Now there is a new player vying for the luxury sedan crown -- the Maybach (pronounced my-bok).

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Maybachs come in two models -- the 57 and the 62 -- and are priced between $300,000 and $400,000. Only a thousand or so are handmade every year. Is the Maybach a good way to spend your lottery winnings?

In this article, you will have the chance to get familiar with the Maybach so that you can recognize these cars and know what's under the hood the next time you see one driving by.