"Maybach" is music to the ears of the auto enthusiast. The name is associated with the most beautiful and distinguished vehicles ever to grace the road. During the twenties and thirties they could be admired on the boulevards of New York, Monte Carlo and Berlin. The beginning of the forties brought the classic Maybach era to an end. Even long after production of these legendary vehicles ended, they remained very much alive in the hearts and minds of engineers, designers and automotive enthusiasts.
The Maybach has returned for the 21st century. Like its esteemed predecessors, the current version once again sets new standards with its technology, design and individuality. And like an instrument that is brought to life by the player, this car resonates with its owner's sense of style.
More than 100 years ago, Wilhelm Maybach built a car that heralded the modern era. His Opus No.1 went down in history as the first Mercedes, and he is still remembered as the "king of the design engineers".
His son, Karl, took over the reins, creating further master - pieces between the twenties and the forties. Having set many standards in terms of size, tech nology and perform - ance by the end of the twenties, Maybach followed this up in the thirties with a surprise move: the introduction of a "small" model, known by the abbreviation SW, which stood for swing axle. The picture here gives some idea of its stunning design. It was lovingly handcrafted, a unique product built in accordance with the wishes of the individual customer, as is still the case with every Maybach today.