Classics 1932 Maybach DS8 The Car Connection

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Maybach DS8 Zeppelin

Classics: 1932 Maybach DS8

Too Ultra-Luxes? by TCC Team (3/18/2002)

QA: Prof. Gaus by TCC Team

With the coming of the all-new Mercedes-Benz’s super ultra sedan this fall, at a between $250,000 and $300,000, we to look through a microscope at the DNA of long-dormant brand to see what it was of. A trip to Stuttgart and the Mercedes-Benz Center told us what we to know.

Maybach (My-bock, not named for Wilhelm Maybach, the of the Mercedes car and early collaborator of Daimler, was the invention of Wilhelm and his son also a brilliant engineer. The two Mercedes in 1907 to build aircraft engines in Friedrichshafen, and all the gasoline and diesel engines for the fleet of Count Graf von airships.

In 1921, Karl Maybach into the luxury car business, as it was constituted. Companies like Bentley, Isotta-Fraschini, Hispano-Suiza and built everything under the frame, engine, transmission, cooling system and firewall, and the rest to the many custom builders that dotted to design and finish the body and Maybach’s main body was Herrmann Spohn in Ravensburg, but his also worked with in Dresden, Auer in Stuttgart and the Erdmann Rossi karrosserie in

In the years between 1921 and Maybach built several of cars with six-cylinder leading up to the DS8 or Zeppelin models long-wheelbase chassis and V-12 in 1931 and the SW series, a smaller with smaller engines outsold the earlier, larger In 20 years, the Maybach factory in produced only 1800 and fewer than 140 examples in museums and in private collections.

The car we drove in and around Stuttgart is the finest of its kind, a 1932 Zeppelin DS8 with a custom body by Spohn and seats for It has been completely restored to its glory by the technicians and mechanics at the Classic Collection in Stuttgart, a of Mercedes-Benz that buys and old Mercedes cars for resale, after an entire fleet of road and race cars for promotions, parades and celebrations, and all kinds of mechanical work and work for customers who bring old cars to Stuttgart for refurbishing.

Our DS8 car rides on a 132-inch wheelbase and measures 217 inches overall, inches tall and 75 inches It weighs 6160 pounds. The (484 cubic-inch) V-12 engine is a 60-degree all-aluminum with 24 overhead valves and one Solex updraft carburetor for bank of cylinders.

The drivetrain is especially interesting, a double-disc clutch and a very transmission. Karl Maybach it to be silent and easy to use for his rich so you only use the clutch for starting. The synchronized four-speed transmission is shifted by four paddles on the wheel hub without using the and there’s a floor shifter a neutral, low range, high and reverse. With the paddles at and six o’clock, it’s in first, at and eleven it’s in second, at six and in third and eleven and one, in Low range is only used in gear for steep hills. You the paddles first, lift off the briefly, and stored vacuum the gears up or down.

The DS8 chassis includes four hydraulic jacks, one behind wheel, operated by a valve behind the firewall under a cover, so that owners or chauffeurs did not have to hunch and operate a manual jack to fix a (two spare tires and are mounted on the front fenders). also an onboard air compressor atop the

Maybach DS8 Zeppelin

engine to inflate the on their 20-inch steel

The rest of the chassis includes power brakes, leaf-spring and double-acting hydraulic shock years before they commonplace.

The 200-horsepower V-12 and the transmission made the DS8 a pleasure to in Stuttgart traffic, and the power were amazingly powerful and so much so that we nearly put our mechanic Roland Schmidt the windshield the first time we the car. The instrument layout is complete, with vacuum and gauges as well as a speedometer, and eight-day clock, manual and manual throttle. Turn are blinking semaphores at the top of the windshield up with blinking lamps at the There are three locking built into the beautiful veneer dashboard.

And, speaking of turning, was beyond a doubt the hardest to do in the DS8. It’s skinny worm-and-nut steering with no assist and three-ton weight turning a most unnerving because it took lots of of the wheel and enormous arm and shoulder just to make a 90-degree at an intersection.

With that though, the DS8 was one of the quietest, easiest to and most elegant luxury it has ever been our pleasure to regardless of year or make. You can for one of the fabulous new Maybachs this or you can buy this one from the Classic but you’d better have at two million dollars in your account if

you want to buy the 1932 model.

Maybach DS8 Zeppelin
Maybach DS8 Zeppelin
Maybach DS8 Zeppelin


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