The German motor industry can take pride in the Mercedes Benz with its gracious design and engineering precision.
There is an interesting tie
between Bentley, Rolls Royce and Mercedes. Mercedes Benz is
actually an automobile that was manufactured by the Daimier Benz
Company. This company was created during a merger that took
place in 1926. Gottlieb Daimier, Wilhelm Maybach and Karl Benz
worked together and created an internal combustion engine auto
in Germany. Benz introduced a motorized tricycle in 1886. He
built is first four wheel vehicle in 1894, and called it “The
Victoria”. In 1894, Benz introduced his first production
automobile called Benz Velo. This auto participated in the very
first car race ever recorded, which was the Paris Rouen. This
was followed by the production of the Benz truck.
Moving on to 1899
The DMG autos made in Untertürkheim, Germany were purchased by racing fanatic, Emil Jellinek. Jellinek had a daughter named Mercedes. He had her name painted on his automobiles for good luck. Because of his desire to purchase the fastest racing cars possible, the first of the DMG Mercedes series was born in 1902. These racing cars were lighter and smaller with a 35-horse powered engine and a speed that hit 55 miles per hour. During this period in time, Mr. Benz founded Benz & Cie. It was the largest maker of cars and was the world’s first auto manufacturer in 1900. Benz’s answer to the Mercedes was the Parsifil, which held a vertical two-cylinder engine and offered a speed of up to 37 miles per hour.
World War I and Beyond
With the onset of World War
I, both companies converted to sites for war production. When
the war ended, car production was carried on once again.
However, the economy was faltering in Germany and both companies
suffered. With little fuel for autos and a high luxury tax of
prestige cars, sales were poor. It therefore made sense for Benz
and DMG to merge in 1926. The merge lasted until 2000.
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