Maybach "Zeppelin" DS 8
Jan 16, 2002
Maybach Motorenbau GmbH in Friedrichshafen
A legend is born.
In 1921, Karl Maybach began producing his own cars in Friedrichshafen, engaging in the manufacture and assembly of frame, suspension, engine, transmission, radiator, firewall and major components. Maybach and his staff were less interested in bodywork design – this was the realm of specialist bodybuilders who tailored their designs to the customers’ wishes.
Close cooperation developed in the course of the years with the bodybuilding company of Herrmann Spohn in nearby Ravensburg; they even engaged in the manufacture of mini-series. Nevertheless, Spohn had to share the cake with other bodybuilders like Gläser in Dresden, Auer in Stuttgart and Neuss and Erdmann & Rossi in Berlin, to name but a few.
Thanks to their outstanding engineering, smooth-running engines and the quality appointments of the bodies, crafted by hand to the customers’ wishes, the exclusive Maybach cars very quickly established themselves in the world market – as limousines, voluminous Pullman versions, two-to-seven-seater coupés, cabriolets and roadsters. They were direct competitors of – and in the opinion of some contemporaries even superior to – the “Grand Mercedes”, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Isotta-Fraschini and other luxury models.
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