As one commenter put it in the comments section, the bigger flex is not having Leno chauffer him around but having the big-time car collector open the door and proceed to drive him around his city.
Now, we all know what both these cars are famous for. Both good and evil. They are at the helm of plushness when it comes to luxury cars. They also hold a dark status symbol – we are talking about kings and successions, dictators and tyrants. The Mercedes 600, in some parts of the globe, holds a sinister reputation as the oppressor's steed.
Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin Dada was known for his love for status – his Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman was a sight to behold among poor Ugandans in the 1970s. Saddam Hussein, Nicolae Ceausescu, Chairman Mao, and Kim Jong-il, among other menacing names, are part of the list of previous owners of the Stuttgart-built 600 (long-wheelbase).
A golden opportunity
Hoover got this 2004 Maybach 62 for $44,000, courtesy of Barret-Jackson auctions (90% off the original price of a new unit).
If Idi Amin Dada were still commanding the army of the Pearl of Africa (Uganda), the 2004 Maybach would probably have been part of his fleet.
That's because, at one time, the Maybach 62 was considered the best in its class, enjoying almost the same level of success as the Rolls-Royce. According to Jay Leno, driving out of a dealership with one of these pretty boys meant parting with over $500,000 and change. Today, that's about $800,000.
But don't let its laid-back lavish character fool you. This isn't the stretched-out limousine your parents rented on prom night. It packs a ton of heat under its swanky exterior. When it comes down to brute forward force – it'll bolt from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph).
All that's possible thanks to a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V12 good for 543 hp (551 ps) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. All that power is channeled to the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The Maybach 62 is a worthy Mercedes-Benz 600 successor
Here's the truth. Many people think buying a 2004 Maybach 62 or any other top-end luxury car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with more than 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometers) on the odometer is signing up for psych ward. And as Hoover found out, there's some truth in this. Maintenance costs on this automotive beauty require someone with deep pockets – or, more loosely, access to a country's national treasury.
He painfully discovered, the Maybach has a 600-amp water-cooled alternator that costs about $7,000 to replace. The air structs cost $4,000, the electro-chromatic roof costs nearly as much as a Tesla Model Y ($50,000), $15,000 for the brakes, and about $5,000 for a tune-up.
Maybach 62 prices dip once you hit the 100,000-mile mark
Leno has a different opinion. He doesn't believe in the automotive market conception that 100,000 miles wear out an engine. He argues that wealthy owners take good care of their cars, and are often serviced at the dealer. And for that, Hoover got an excellent deal on this luxury car.
"If you pulled this engine out and took it apart, I think you'd find minimal wear," he said about Hoover's Maybach 62.
Hoover didn't hold back flaunting the luxury accessories in his Maybach 62. He spent much time showcasing his toy's luxury amenities to Jay Leno. And as you'd expect, the comedian/car collector was visibly impressed.
The 2004 Maybach 62 might be viewed as a car from a different era, but judging from the video, it rides smoother and looks as comfortable as a modern car. Simply put, this dictator-spec luxury car was far ahead of its time.
If you had a ton of cash to spend, would you spend it on a dictator-spec luxury car like a 2004 Maybach 62?