The history of one of the world’s greatest car brands Mercedes Benz AMG began with Gottlieb Daimler . Bornin 1834 in Schorndorf, after a series of jobs in engineering he met Wilhelm Maybach in 1862 and the two men started working together on developing an internal combustion engine known as “the Grandfather Clock” in 1884.
In 1890 Daimler set up Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft so he could focus on vehicle production, but Maybach resigned due to a disagreement over contracts. However, Daimler continued to build engines with Maybach, but put the patents under his sole name. The company partners went through a series of clashes and financial issues, but thanks to Maybach’s Phoenix engine, the Daimler engine becomes popular abroad. Unfortunately, Daimler died in 1900, but the story continued, due to the entrance of Karl Benz.
In 1901 the first Mercedes went on sale. Named after the daughter of an Austrian entrepreneur. This was followed by the 1928 SSK, which was the firm’s first sports car. Its Silver Arrows, the Mercedes Benz racing car team that dominated racetracks in the 1930s further strengthened the brand’s reputation. It is still doing very well with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have given Mercedes some incredible Formula 1 wins over the last two seasons, including Hamilton’s win at the British Grand Prix on 16 July 2017, placing him second currently in the Formula One World Championship league table for the moment. With four wins for Mercedes this season so far, he could make it past the chequered flag to being the outright winner overall.
But while many of the top manufacturers had proved their quality in motor racing, Mercedes along with others started to focus on passenger cars and in 1936 the 260D, Mercedes’ first passenger diesel car appeared. By the 1950s, it was already producing a car with ‘gullwing’ doors and in the 1960s, the firm launched the 600 Pullman, which was designed to be the ultimate luxury car.
The Sixties also introduced Mercedes Benz AMG, founded by former Daimler-Benz employees, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. They designed the racing engine for the 300 SE and after the car won the German Touring Car Championship 10 times, they decided to focus on building high performance road vehicles that would emulate the racing model. The luxury saloon 300 SEL 6.8 cemented the reputation of AMG and today, AMG has a line-up of over 20 high-performance models, including coupes, SUVs, roadsters, saloons and the first-ever model developed independently by Mercedes-Benz AMG – the SLS AMG.