Wilhelm Maybach was one of the first engineers in Germany. He designed the first Mercedes in 1901, and, along with his son Karl, created the first Maybach W1 concept in 1919. The car debuted as the Maybach W3 at the 1921 Berlin Auto Show with a 5.7L V6 engine, which Maybach later sold to fellow luxury car maker Spyker in Holland. Maybach the man also worked with Graf Zeppelin on engines for the airships that bore his name.
In 1941, Maybach ended automobile production in order to turn its attention to military engines. Many companies made the same change, and many companies didn't come out the other side when World War II ended. Maybach was one of these.
But in 2003, Mercedes-Benz brought the company back to life with two understated but undoubtedly luxurious models, the 57 and 62. The cars had the same V12 engine under the hood, but the 62 was a half-meter longer than its sibling 57.
Maybach Manufactures hand-builds cars to order in Sindelfingen, Germany, at the factory it calls the Center of Excellence. Models have grown from the base 57 and 62 to include higher-horsepower 57S and 62S variants, a Landaulet with open rear roof, and a forthcoming resurrection of the Zeppelin name. Each model comes with sterling silver champagne flutes and the finest leather upholstery and wood trim, plus a raft of options. The latest Zeppelin will even have an integrated perfume atomizer to waft your favorite fragrance throughout the cabin. The first car for Mercedes is now the last word in extravagance.