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.

Meanwhile, Daimier was busy during 1886, building what was known as a horseless carriage. He made a deal with Steinway (of piano fame) to produce Mercedes passenger cars, Daimier’s trucks and engines. These were sold in the United States. Daimier worked with Maybach to modify a Wilhelm Wimpff & Sohn stagecoach. The modification produced the first internal combustion engine. Together the two men produced the first automobile with four wheels and a four-stroke engine. Shortly thereafter, the two men founded Daimier Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) and went on to sell their first auto in 1892.

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.

Daimier passed away in 1990, and Maybach took full control of the company. Jellinek advised Maybach to produce more modern and faster cars. In addition he requested that Maybach name his autos Mercedes. To this day, the automobiles carry this name.

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