By author Harry Niemann, hardcover with original dust jacket, 287 numbered pages in English, excellent condition
The name Karl Maybach was once associated with one of the most prestigious German automobiles of the interwar years, the legendary Maybach. Produced between 1921 and 1941 in only six models, but with an array of exclusive body styles crafted by the finest coachbuilders of the era, Maybach cars represented the ultimate in luxury and quality. The son of Wilhelm Maybach, partner of Gottlieb Daimler and creator of the first Mercedes car, Karl Maybach dedicated his life to engineering achievement, an ambition born of his desire to promote his father?s name. With his designs of six- and twelve-cylinder engines for the Maybach cars as well as high-performance engines for ships, trains, tanks, trucks, and the famed Zeppelin airships, he earned a name for himself and built a company with a reputation worldwide for technical excellence. Karl Maybach: His Engines and Automobiles traces the life of this gifted but largely overlooked designer as well as the evolution of his company, MaybachMotorenbau. Historical photographs and illustrations from advertisements, company brochures, and design drawings provide a detailed look at Karl Maybach and his accomplishments. The book also discusses DaimlerChryslers revival of the marque in 2002 with the launch of two new luxury sedans, the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62.