19191940 Maybach motor cars

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The Maybach W 1: the first test car on a chassis (1919)


1919: Experimental car as nucleus for the of luxury automobiles

The first car engine was the six-cylinder side-valve W 1, which developed 46 hp (34 kW) at 2000 To test it, in 1919 the Maybach built a test car which was designated the W 1. From a historical this marked the beginning of production under the brand Maybach – even though the at Friedrichshafen had no plans at the time to motor vehicles on their The next development project was the W 2 engine derived from the W 1. It delivered 70 hp (52 kW) at 2200 rpm.

In a long-term test in a chassis Spyker, a Dutch brand, in the W 2 covered 30,000 kilometres in a 37-day run. In the wake of demonstration of extraordinary reliability, entered into a contract the Dutch manufacturer Trompenburg, of the Spyker cars. Maybach was to a total of 1000 W 2 engines to the Spyker 30/40 (C4) But the Dutch firm ran into troubles and took delivery of 150 of the ordered units, not even to pay for all of them.

1921: Maybach 22/70 hp (W 3)

Karl Maybach now decided to go car production on his own to utilise the large capacities that were idle as a result of the cancellation of the order. The new car brand was ready to its first production car at the Berlin Show in September 1921– the W 3. The five-metre-long vehicle that speeds of up to 110 km/h was powered by the 70 hp (52 kW) six-cylinder W 2 engine. The innovative of the W 3 included a four-wheel brake with mechanical braking compensation and a two-speed transmission gearshift. Gears were by depressing a foot-operated starting

Designed for simple operation and high driving reliability and this car targeted the customer of gentlemen drivers, as the manufacturer described them in his operator’s This term refers to men (and women) who drove car themselves rather than by a Maybach offered them a convincing concept centring the engine: The exceptional flexibility of the in conjunction with effective brakes permits high cruising speeds without to drive at excessively high explains the operator’s manual.

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Like many other car of the period, Maybach viewed alone as the company’s core And so the manufacturer from Friedrichshafen the fitting of a body to the chassis to specialists like Auer Josef Neuss (Berlin), Papler Sohn (Cologne) and – in cases – Spohn (Ravensburg). In from 1921 to 1928 the built around 300 units of the 22/70 hp, as the W 3 officially was called, on taxable horsepower and actual Buyers appreciated the cruising of the car, but some also it successfully in motor sports.

Karl Maybach (2nd right) with a W 3

outside the hall at Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH

The Maybach W 3: ready to be taken to the firm (1921)

Maybach W 3: victorious at the Sьddeutsche rally race in 1926

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