Born February 9, 1846 – December 29, 1929
Explosion and Combustion Motor;
Apparatus for Cooling Liquids Employed in Motors and Compressors
Patent #: 668,111; 499,302
As an industrialist and designer of automobiles and engines, Wilhelm Maybach
enjoyed an illustrious career and a profitable working relationship with his
German industrialist colleague, Gottlieb Daimler.
Daimler and Maybach’s collaboration resulted in a number of motor vehicle
improvements, including some of the first self-propelled vehicles produced
under Daimler in 1885 and 1886. Maybach’s V-twin engine, developed in 1889,
represented a milestone that was recognized by other automobile
manufacturers, such as France’s Peugeot, which bought its production rights.
Daimler and Maybach founded the Daimler Motor Company in 1890 to manufacture
internal combustion engines. Maybach would subsequently leave the company in
1907 and produce engines for zeppelins as well as automobiles, such as the
Maybach W3 limousine in 1921.
During his career, Maybach pioneered additional innovations, such as the
gearwheel transmission, the honeycomb radiator, and a hydrocarbon engine.
Born in Heilbronn, Germany, Maybach became an engine designer for
Daimler at the age of nineteen. He eventually became Daimler’s
assistant, and the two formed a friendship that was to last until