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Maybach History: Vintage Maybach Zeppelin

Images of Maybach's heritage, including founder Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl.

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Mercedes-Benz Classic Home - Wilhelm Maybach - The King of Designers

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Wilhelm Maybach.

Wilhelm Maybach was born in Heilbronn on February 9, 1846, where he grew up with his five siblings. He became an orphan at the age of ten.

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1898: Daimler five-tonner shown in Paris --- in At the Motor Show in Paris, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach present a new truck model for 5-tonne payloads. The four-stroke engine is longitudinally mounted under a bonnet at the front end of the vehicle and power is transferred to the rear wheels via a geared manual transmission with propshaft and pinions.

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German car manufacturers Wilhelm Maybach and Paul Daimler in the first four-wheeled Daimler car. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images - 1895)

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In 1885, the so-called riding car which is today regarded as the world's first motorcycle. It was built in Gottlieb Daimler's workshop as a test unit to prove the suitability of Daimler's and Wilhelm Maybach's gas or petroleum engine for everyday use.

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In Stuttgart: Auf Daimlers und Maybachs Spuren

Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach

The first internal combustion, petroleum fueled motorcycle was the Petroleum Reitwagen. It was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt, Germany in 1885.

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Wilhelm Maybach: the king among engineering designers.

As business partner and kindred spirit to Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach provided input that was a determining factor in the development of the automobile at Mercedes-Benz.

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