The most talented German engineer Wilhelm Maybach stood at the origins of such a legendary brand as Mercedes. It was he who, working with Emil Jellinek, ensured that these cars of the company DMG (Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft) became so famous. However, in 1907 Maybach left the company. The reason is the conflict with Paul Daimler, the son of the famous Gottlieb Daimler, who headed production after his father's death in 1900.
After leaving the company for which he had done so much, Maybach did not despair, but decided to establish his own production. What he did, registering in 1909, together with his son Karl, Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH. Initially, the company was engaged in engines for Count Zeppelin's airships. Somewhat later, the production of aircraft engines began. The need for them became especially acute after the outbreak of the First World War.
After the defeat of Germany in the war, the company changes its name to Maybach Motorenbau GmbH. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, now it can not produce aircraft engines. The Maybachs decide to get down to earth and start making engines for cars and locomotives. Times were very difficult and the company could barely make ends meet. For some time it is possible to survive at the expense of the Dutch Spyker, but in 1926 the latter went bankrupt. Then Karl Maybach decides to create his own car. Which is what was done. Luxurious cars began to appear, which were made with the most sophisticated whims of customers in mind. The first was the W3 model, then the W5 appeared - both of them were technically perfect, by the standards of that time. A little later, the W5 SG also appears.
|Maybach Zeppelin (1930)
Wilhelm Maybach dies in 1929 and the company is now completely controlled by Karl. A year later, a magnificent Zeppelin model is created. This car became the most luxurious creation of that era. Its cost was 50,000 Reichsmarks, which was just a fabulous amount (the famous "Beetle" from Volkswagen cost only 990 Reichsmarks, which amounted to a worker's salary for almost a year). Not surprisingly, only 200 Zeppelins were produced in a few years. The German economy was in the deepest crisis, but, no matter how paradoxical it may sound, it was precisely such cars that it made sense to produce - those who had money could afford such a luxury, while the lower strata of the population still had no time for cars, regardless of whether how much they cost.
The Second World War completely stopped the production of cars. Now in factories Maybach motorenbau assemble engines for "Tigers", "Panthers" and other tanks. The defeat of Germany finally finished off the company. At first, she was engaged in the production of aircraft engines for France, carried out repairs. It was a period of gloom. In 1966 the company is taken over by DaimlerBenz (former DMG), which started it all. This is how the brand is born Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH. Its field of activity is the production of large engines for ships, trains and various industrial needs. However, in the 90s of the last century, it was decided to revive the legendary cars. However, this is a completely different story - to the old Maybach factory (now it is a company MTU Friedrichshafen, owned EQT Partners) these cars are only indirectly related. DaimlerBenz (since 1998 - Daimler-Chryslerand now just DaimlerAG) decided to simply revive the brand itself, the rights to which belonged to her. Now the division is engaged in the production of luxury cars Maybach Manufactory.
|Maybach Exelero co-developed with a tire manufacturer Fulda
In 2002, two models appear - Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 (the numbers indicate their length in decimeters). These cars were positioned as the main competitors to the models of such legendary brands as Bentley и Rolls Royce.
Afford the luxury of a car Maybach maybe not everyone. This wheel miracle is an excellent indicator of status, it always attracts attention. So, remembering with an unkind word their measure, Leonid Chernovetsky, nicknamed Lenya the cosmonaut, the people of Kiev usually added to the abuse and his Maybach, popularly called a spaceship.
But they were even more luxurious Maybach, over which the tuning studio worked Brabus (e.g. Maybach 57S and Maybach 62S models). There were no longer just luxurious salons, but also magnificent speeds - it was these cars that held the speed records for luxury cars.
However, aspirations DaimlerAG to revive the legendary brand did not materialize. car sales Maybach turned out to be very low and did not justify the funds invested in them. Compete worthy Bentley и Rolls Royce did not succeed. As a result, at the end of 2011, it was decided to abandon the production of cars under this brand.