"Daimler Motorkutsche", 1886. The Daimler motorized carriage, the worlds first four-weeled automobile.
In the back is the "Benz Patent Motor Car", the world’s first gasoline-engined automobile.
"Riding Car", 1885.
For Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, the riding car was an early test vehicle for their small high-speed internal combustion engine, the so-called Grandfather Clock.
Wölfert’s motorized airship.
Powering the airship of bookseller Wölfert from Leipzig, Daimler’s Grandfather Clock conquered the third element after land and water: the air. The world’s first motorized airship, of which a replica is shown here, set out on its maiden flight from Cannstatt’s Seelberg in the summer of 1888 and landed after some six miles in Kornwestheim.
Daimler motorized locomotive.
A narrow-gauge locomotive like this one, with Daimler V2 engine, was used in 1892 for an exhibition train in the Viennese Prater.
In tieback is the Daimler motorized fire-fighting pump, one of the first of its kind with a gasoline engine.
In front is the Benz motorized bus. In 1895 Benz & Cie. built the world’s first two buses which ushered in the era of motorized local public transport.
Behind is the Benz Motor Velocipede and Benz Vis-à-Vis.
This motorized truck from the year 1898 is the world’s oldest goods vehicle still in existence. Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft had built the world’s first truck as early as 1896 and sold it to England. Among the first buyers in Germany were breweries which used the trucks for beer deliveries.
Klemm-Daimler L 20 lightweight aircraft.
The L 20 was developed as a sports and travel aircraft by Hans Klemm at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft in 1923; he produced it himself from 1926 following his departure from the company.
18 hp Benz double phaeton.
The 18 hp Benz was the successor to the 16/20 hp Benz “Parsifal” of 1903. The “Parsifal” series was the response from Benz & Cie. to the successful Mercedes automobiles built at Cannstatt and which influenced its new design. The new generation of Benz vehicles took over from the old, taller-limbed models.
40 hp Mercedes-Simplex.
This 40 hp Mercedes-Simplex is the oldest Mercedes still in existence. It was the direct successor to the 35 hp Mercedes designed by Wilhelm Maybach, which was the worlds first automobile of the modern age. The addition of the word “Simplex” related to the relative ease with which it handled for the period.
Legend 3 – Times of Change– Diesel and Supercharger
Automobiles and airplanes are more closely related than it would appear at first.
In front the Mercedes-Benz DB 601 A aircraft engine, 1939. The DB 601 was the worlds first production engine with direct gasoline injection.
In the back the 26/120/180 hp Mercedes-Benzmodel S touring car.
Mercedes-Benz designed the model S – S for “Sport” as a racing car. This high-performance sports car was also available for sale and initiated the era of the S model series. The three horsepower figures in the model designation indicate the fiscal horsepower and the power ratings without and with supercharger.
10/40 hp Mercedes sports two-seater, 1923.
Mercedes-Benz 500 K special roadster.
The Mercedes-Benz 500 K was the car of the rich and the beautiful. Together with the representative Grand Mercedes, the elegant 500 K sports car was the brands show-piece in the 1930s.
The first modern automobile.
In front the 16/45 hp Mercedes-Knight tourer.
Beginning in 1911 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) equipped several car models with Knight engines.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupé.
The 300 SL production sports car presented in 1954 was based on the successful competition version of 1952.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupé”.
Daimler-Benz developed this hardtop version of the 300 SLR racing car for the 1956 season. It was never used in racing, however, because the company ceased its motorsport activities at the end of the 1955 season. Instead, the 300 SLR coupe served the head of the Test Department, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, as a company car. The nickname “Uhlenhaut coupe” is a reminder of this.
After the invention of the automobile in 1886, it was initially a question of giving the new means of transport operational reliability and easy handling. Once the motorized vehicle had established itself as a reliable means of transport, the engineers and technicians were able to devote themselves to new development fields which had been given little attention before. Among other things, this included the improvement of active and passive safety.
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive
With this 2015 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Pascal Wehrlein took the DTM Championship in 2015.
The building too draws attention to itself. The multiple prize-winning architecture by the Dutch architects Ben van Berkel and the exhibition concept developed by the Stuttgart museum designer HG Merz complement each other right up to the details: on nine levels, paths are interlooped in the shape of a double helix along a time axis stretching from the discovery of the automobile up to the present.
Mercedes-Benz W 196 R 2.5-liter streamlined racing car.
Mercedes-Benz made its return to Grand Prix racing with the streamlined W 196 R. Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling powered to a 1-2 victory in the new Formula One car’s first race on July 4, 1954 in Reims, and Fangio finished the season as world champion. The Argentinean piloted an improved version of the streamlined car to victory in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix and went on to retain the world title.
In front the Mercedes-Benz 2,5-l-Rennwagen W 196 R.
Mercedes-Benz lined up for the Formula One races in 1954 and 1955 with two versions of the W 196 R. While the streamlined variant was selected for the high-speed circuits in Reims, Berlin and Monza, the classic monoposto with open wheels got the vote for the majority of races, as it was better suited to twistier tracks.
Mercedes-Benz W 154 3-liter racing car.
The W 154 was designed to fulfil the regulations for the three-litre (183-cubic-inch) formula introduced in 1938. These stipulated reduced total displacement and marked the end of the 750-kg (1,650-pound) formula, which placed a limit on the vehicle weight. The W 154 won six of the nine Grand Prix races in its first season, recorded three 1-2-3 finishes and took Rudolf Caracciola to his third European championship crown.
Benz “Lightning Benz” 200 hp racing car.
In 1909 the Lightning Benz became the first European car to break the 125 mph barrier. Powered by a massive four-cylinder powerplant, the Lightning posted its most famous performances in Florida. In 1911 Bob Burman recorded 142 mph on the Daytona sand track, making the car the fastest vehicle on the planet – quicker even than any aircraft or train.
23 hp Daimler Phoenix racing car.
The 23 hp Phoenix was Daimler’s most powerful racing car in 1900. Its high centre of gravity, heavy 660-pound engine and short wheelbase – which was extended for the variant shown here – made it difficult to control. Following a serious accident in the Nice – La Turbie race in March 1900, Wilhelm Maybach set about building a new racing car: the first Mercedes.
Mercedes-Benz T 80 world record car.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, powered by the DB 603 aero engine and developing 3,000 hp: The T 80 was to become the world’s fastest car on four wheels and reach a speed of 373 mph on the motorway near Dessau in early 1940. However, the outbreak of World War II prevented the car from being completed, and the T 80 never hit the road.
Staircase to the restaurant on lobby level.
Special: Change of vehicles in the museum with the lift system.