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Wilhelm Maybach

We would not blame you if you had never heard of Wilhelm Maybach. a brilliant, unassuming engineer who was one of the founders of motoring. It was Maybach. in association with Paul Daimler, son of Gottlieb Daimler. who was mainly responsible for the first Mercedes of 1901, a design that was to revolutionise car design.

This Maybach design was the first to use mechanically-operated inlet valves which permitted previously unknown engine flexibility and silence, the first to use a gate change for the gear lever. and the first to use a honeycomb radiator. The new Maybach-designed Mercedes set a pattern for the car of the future.

Graf Zeppelin

Later Maybach forsook the car for aero engine development, eventually building engines for Zeppelins and, long after the 1914-18 War, V-12 engines for the famous Graf Zeppelin airship. During the thirties these engines inspired a fabulous line of V-12 Zeppelin Maybach cars, capable of over 160km/h and rated by many as the most beautifully-made high performance vehicles of their age. They were, naturally enough, some of the most costly cars in the world.

Maybach’s decision to return to cars came immediately after the 1914-18 War, when Germans were prevented from building aeroplanes and airships. His first car of the twenties, the W3, appeared in 1921. It was a beautifully made touring vehicle powered by a 5.8-litre six-cylinder side-valve engine and was capable of almost 120km/h.

It was a very advanced car for its day: not only was it the first German vehicle to be fitted with four wheel brakes,’ but it had sun and planet gears, similar to the T model Ford, to minimise gear changing.

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Electric Starter

Maybach was one of the first to move in the direction of easier driving. Electric starting was operated by the accelerator pedal, which could set both engine and car in motion. Depressing the forward gear pedal would engage a low gear with plenty of power for mountain roads. When released to engage top, the normal gear picked up direct drive suitable for all other motoring: a separate pedal was provided for reverse.

The chassis was equally advanced in design and had boxed side members front and rear to provide stiffness and good handling.

In 1926 this model was replaced by the even more luxurious W5, with seven-litre o.h.v. six-cylinder engine. It was a slightly heavier car and although only about 8 km/h faster, conformed to Maybach ideas that the true essential of modern driving was an ability to go more quickly and easily from point to point rather than go at high all-out speeds. An overdrive to increase the top speed to 140km/h was made available.

In 1930 this model was further refined and became the W6.

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