What do you think of when you hear the name Mercedes-Benz? It’s a brand associated with upscale luxury and unparalleled performance. Mercedes-Benz also has a long-standing history, with the birth of its founder back in 1834. Gottlieb Daimler was a talented man, bouncing between jobs in mechanical engineering, picking up skills and experiences as he moved through the ranks. It was not until 1882 that Daimler left his position as Technical Director of a gas engine manufacturer and founded his own development workshop.
Daimler developed his first engine hand-in-hand with Wilhelm Maybach in 1884, calling it the Grandfather Clock. It featured a compact, lower-weight design than anything else available on the market. However, Daimler lacked the funds to conduct trials alone, so he began to seek business partners. Collaborating with Wilhelm Lorenz and Max Duttenhofer, Daimler created Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft in 1890. With Maybach eventually coming to join the company, their company becomes increasingly popular, with Daimler’s untimely death occurring only 10 years later in 1900.
The first Mercedes vehicle was developed by Wilhelm Maybach in 1901, ushering in a new era for the company following its founder’s passing.
Mercedes-Benz gets part of its name from the late Carl Benz, a respected figure in the German auto industry who worked with and founded several motor car companies until he served on the DMG board of directors until late in his life.
Carl Benz’s role in creating Mercedes-Benz is unusual. Following WWI, Germany took a great hit financially due to war costs. As a result, DMG ended up merging with fellow automaker Benz & Cie., a company that Benz had founded. Their first joint collaboration was unveiled at the 1926 Berlin Auto Show, the first vehicle to be named a “Mercedes-Benz.” And the rest is history.