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Mercedes-Benz
Karl Benz patented his first Motorwagen in 1885. This was a three-wheeler with a brand new four stroke engine fueled by gasoline, and by 1888 his Motorwagen were being built in France as well. Benz & Cie expanded to a workforce of 430 by 1899 at Mannheim. Meanwhile Gottlieb Daimler was working with Nikolaus Otto in Cologne for Deutz engine company and attempted to patent a new four-stroke cycle, but were denied by Karl Benz's own two-stroke design. In 1882 Daimler and Maybach started to work together in Stuttgart and in 1885 they patented a wooden cycle with 100cc gasoline engine, the first motorcycle. Larger versions of this engine were fitted into stage coaches and other vehicles including a boat, streetcar, and a hot air balloon. Daimler and Maybach designed their first purpose built automobile in 1889 and this was licensed for production in France after the Paris Exposition. Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft was founded in 1890 and Maybach and Daimler were given a rocky ride by the DMG board who were not really interested in automobiles, and by 1893 both Maybach and Daimler were outside of DMG. However Briton Frederick Simms bought a licence in 1894 to build the new Phoenix design engine in Britain providing that Maybach and Daimler returned to DMG. By this time licences for Daimler engines were held by Panhard et Levassor, Peugeot, Steinway (USA), and Austro-Daimler. In Austria Emil Jellinek bought several Daimler cars for his own use, and then placed orders for resale and demanded faster vehicles. He began to race Daimler cars branding them 'Mercedes' after his own daughter, and then commissioned development of a new engine that would be branded 'DMG-Mercedes'. Maybach's design for the 1900 35hp 'Mercedes' racer caused a stir, and laid the format for future car design; it also beat everything else at the Paris-Nice event. 'Mercedes' was then registered as the brand for Daimler vehicles. In 1924 the difficult market conditions following the end of the First World War pushed DMG and Benz into cooperation and partnership and in 1926 Daimler-Benz was formed. Maybach went into the manufacture of his own cars from 1921 to 1941 although the main business was aero engines.
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Mercedes-Benz 300b (W186) - grille on boot lid
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Mercedes-Benz 300SL - badge on bonnet of roadster
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Mercedes-Benz 190 SL. An 1897cc 4-cylinder version of the 3-litre 300 SL was given to the 190 SL
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Mercedes-Benz 300b (W186) - grille
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Mercedes-Benz 220 1953
Mercedes-Benz W187 220 Sold as a sedan, coupe, and cabriolet, the W187 was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1951.
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Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabrio. This W128 model was in production from 1958 to 1961 with a 6-cylinder 2195cc engine.
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Mercedes-Benz 300 (W186)
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Mercedes-Benz SL 'Sport Leicht'
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
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