In 1882 Gottlieb Daimler purchased a villa on Taubenheimstrasse in Cannstatt, near Stuttgart, at the edge of the picturesque spa gardens. He paid 75,000 Gold marks for it. His work in Cologne and the generous settlement he had received from Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz made this possible.
The residential area was almost ideal for the now 48-year-old Gottlieb Daimler. It was only a few steps from there to the spa facilities, from which he hoped to get a cure for his bad health, in particular his cardiac insufficiency.
The large garden of this new domicile contained a greenhouse which Gottlieb Daimler converted into a workshop and testing station. Together with Wilhelm Maybach he carried out the first tests for the small high-speed internal combustion engine there. In 1885 the engine was ready for use.
With that Gottlieb Daimler realised his vision of a universally employable drive for land vehicles, watercraft and aircraft.