Maybach, Wilhelm

BORN 9 Feb 1846, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg - DIED 29 Dec 1929, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
GRAVE LOCATION Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg: Friedhof an der Uffkirche, Wildunger Strasse 59, Bad Cannstatt (Abt. 14)

Son of a carpenter. He was educated for industrial design in Reutlingen. When he was 19 his talent was noticed by his manager Gottlieb Daimler. Daimer made him his main assistant and this relationship would last until Daimler's death in 1900.

In 1869 they joined Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Karlsruhe AG and in 1872 Daimler moved to Deutz-AG-Gasmotorenfabrik in Cologne, where Maybach followed him as chief designer. In 1878 he married Bertha Wilhelmine Habermaas (1850-1931), a friend of Daimler's wife Emma Kunz. In 1880 they left Deutz and received a compensation for their patents. They used the money to start their own company in Cannstatt.

Together they desiged petrol engines and after the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft was founed, also automobiles. In 1900 Daimler died and Maybach left the company after difficulties with the management. In 1909 he started a cooperation with Graf Zeppelin and he moved his new company Luftfahrzeug-Motoren-GmbH to Friedrichshafen. He supplied Zeppelin as well as other companies with engines.

After 1919 Zeppelins were prohibited and he worked on engines for ships, railroads and automobiles. Maybach never owned an automobile himself. He died in 1929 in Stuttgart.

Related persons
• cooperated with Daimler, Gottlieb
• cooperated with Zeppelin, Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von


The grave of Wilhelm Maybach at the Friedhof an der Uffkirche, Stuttgart.
Picture by Androom (05 Mar 2015)


The grave of Wilhelm Maybach at the Friedhof an der Uffkirche, Stuttgart.
Picture by Androom (05 Mar 2015)


• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
Baedeker's Stuttgart, Automobile Association, 1987
LeMO Wilhelm Maybach

Mayen, Herta

Published: 11 Jun 2016
Last update: 05 Apr 2022