Cars That Stand the Test of Time

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Introduced: 1921
Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl started Maybach in 1909, primarily as an engine manufacturer. Ten years later the company produced its first automobile prototype (wearing a double M logo), and in 1921 the production model premiered at the Berlin Motor Show. When WWII began, the company shifted from luxury automobile production to building engines for Tiger and Panzer tanks. However, once the war ended Maybach never reopened — the company had built its last cars in 1940. Twenty years later Daimler AG purchased the rights to the Maybach name, and it would be many years before the brand returned. In 1997, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Maybach concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, indicating the company’s plans to revive this classic brand. Five years later, Mercedes introduced the ultra-luxurious Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 with a double M logo adorning the large grille, but these expensive models never sold in the expected numbers and were discontinued in 2012.

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