• Maybach Museum

    Welcome to the Virtual Museum: An educational portal that tells you the story of the groundbreaking developments of Wilhelm and Karl Maybach. Learn and discover how they advanced mobility ‘in the air, in water and by land’ – innovations which have shaped the world of transportation until today. For inquiries and questions please contact museum@maybach.org.


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  • Wilhelm Maybach in his wedding portrait, 1878

    1846 - 1882

    Wilhelm Maybach’s early steps from being an orphan to becoming technical director

    Along the early stages of his path Wilhelm Maybach met people that turned out to be essential for his later successes, namely Gustav Werner, who realized the talent he had, and Gottlieb Daimler, who recognized Wilhelm’s constructive ingenuity.

  • Baron Henry de Rothschild's 35-horsepower Mercedes Simplex racing car at the Nice-La Turbie hill climb, 'Week of Nice' March 29, 1901

    1882 - 1909

    How Wilhelm Maybach shaped mobility and earned the title ‘king of designers’

    His developments ended up having a global impact on the effecitivity of the combustion engine and thereby on mobility in general – earning him the title ‘king of designers’ at age 43.

  • The Airship, part of the 'Maybach Powered' Series designed by Michael Schwab

    1909 – 1918

    Karl Maybach making a name of his own and reaching new heights

    Karl Maybach helped the airships which Count Zeppelin had conceptualized fly reliably with his high performance engines. Firstly starting out in Bissingen Enz his developments later turned Friedrichshafen to another essential cradle of engine development besides Cannstatt.

  • The express railcar 'Flying Hamburger' before its first test run to Hamburg at Lehrter Station in Berlin, 1933

    1918 – 1933

    Establishing a new brand name and claiming new markets 

    Maybach Motor Works, as a newly established brand name entered the stage under the adverse conditions of collapsed markets. Nevertheless the following years saw the first Maybach car in 1921 and the first train equipped with fast running diesel engines.

  • Advertisement of Maybach Motor Works from 1931, published in the magazine 'Motor'

    1933 – 1945

    Breakthroughs and two-edged Successes 

    Propulsion and gears for trains had become essential for Maybach Engine Works from 1924 onwards. The 1930s saw further breakthroughs and speed records with the so called ‘flying trains’. The technological advances in high performances engines made Maybach Engine works the essential supplier for the German Army’s track driven vehicles.

  • The V 60 shunter locomotive using a Maybach GTO 6 type engine

    1945 – 1969

    Maybach Motor works rising from the ashes and taking on a new form

    The German Post-War period started out from a grim perspective to a baby boom, the so called Wirtschaftswunder. The story of Maybach Engine works very much is part of this trajectory. Nevertheless a merger with other big players of engine manufacturing became necessary at the end of the 1960s.

  • The Maybach 62 S, first presented in 2006

    1969 – 2020

    From being present in the background to regaining world recognition 

    For some time Maybach had turned to a name for those in the know about quality, enthusiasts such as a circle of collectors of historic Maybach vehicles. The early 2000s the a saw revival of the brand name by Mercedes who managed to revitalize the heritage of Maybach automobiles with new models.

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