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After the Second World War, the Allies prohibited the Germans from building aircraft.  Famous manufacturers, such as Ernst Heinkel, Willy Messerschmitt and Fritz Fend then decided to start manufacturing small cars.  After the First World War, Karl Maybach had done the same thing.  As the son of the famous Wilhelm Maybach the designer of the first Daimler-Benz cars, Karl Maybach also opted for a future in engineering .  Before the First World War, he built engines for Count Zeppelin's airships.  In 1921, an initial prototype was introduced at ther Berlin car show.  The model was called the Maybach W3.  Between 1921 and 1941, Maybach only built 2,095 cars, 1,755 of which were equipped with a six-cylinder engine.  Due to its weight the car could only be driven in Germany with a truck driving licence, but this did not bother the true Maybach-lover who usually had a driver anyway. 

The factory introduced a smaller model, the SW 35.  The number referred to its cylinder capacity.  The car was powered by a 3435 cc six-cylinder overhead-valve engine that delivered 140 bhp at 4500 rpm.

In 1936, it was succeeded by the SW 38 which had a 3817 cc engine and the last model of this series was introduced in 1939, the HL 42, with a 4197cc six cylinder engine that delivered 140 hp.  Maybach celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1959 and Karl Maybach turned eighty.  Maybach died on 6 February 1960, the year in which Daimler-Benzer took over the company.

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DS 8 Zeppelin





SW 35/38/42


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