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Sunday, 31 August 2014


Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and his lifelong business partner Wilhelm Maybach developed in 1885 a precursor of the modern petrol (gasoline) engine. They were granted a German patent for their engine design on April 3, 1885.

Daimler and Maybach subsequently fitted their engine to a two-wheeler on August 29, 1885. The Reitwagen (riding car) was the first internal combustion motorcycle.

The Reitwagen  the world's first internal combustion motorcycle (1885). By Joachim Köhler - Eikipedia Commons

The next year they fitted their engine to a stagecoach and a boat.

Daimler called it the Grandfather Clock engine (Standuhr) because of its resemblance to an old pendulum clock.

Gottlieb Daimler

The Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft was founded 1890 in Cannstatt, near Stuttgart by Daimler and Maybach. They sold their first automobile two years later.

In 1894 a Daimler powered car won the first international car race: Paris to Rouen.

In 1924, the DMG management signed a long term co-operation agreement with Karl Benz's Benz & Cie., and in 1926 the two companies merged to become Daimler-Benz AG,

Mercedes-Benz brought Chrysler for $40 billion in 2009 forming DaimlerChrysler. It was at the time the largest industrial merger in history.

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