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Nothing says clearly that you did it like driving a Mercedes Benz. But why? What is it about this type of car that radiates luxury and status?
For older drivers, there is no denial that Mercedes has a sense of history that adds to the brand's mystery even today.
Gottlieb Daimler started in 1886, when he built a real "horseless carriage". He was considered the father of the internal combustion engine. When he died in 1890, he left control of his company to his mechanical engineer William Maybach. He also left a deal with a Mr. Steinway (piano god) to market Daimler vehicles in the United States.
Carl Benz also started in 1886. He built a motorized tricycle that year, and he followed it up with the first motorized four-wheeled vehicle in 1893 (his Victoria model) and his first production model appeared in 1894 (Benz Velo). A year later he turned out trucks too.
The story tells us that the two inventors never knew each other, but they would eventually become a single company that produces one of the world's foremost symbols of luxury in cars. Everything started with a girl.
Year Daimler died, his company built a custom vehicle for auto racer Emil Jellinek, named it after his daughter Mercedes.
After World War I, the German economy suffered and the Benz company was looking for a partner to continue the business. A Benz board member joined the Daimler company in 1919 and after a few false starts, the two companies merged in 1926. They chose their now known pointed star surrounded by a laurel as their product symbol and adopted the name Mercedes-Benz.
Back in the 1920s, a Benz cost nearly 25 million German markings. Combine the great price tag with the flamboyant lifestyle of men as Jellinek sings the car's praise and you end up with a brand called the top of luxury. Not to mention that the cars are still expensive and often contain innovative features that do not occur in other manufacturers' vehicles for years, such as fuel injection and locking brakes.
Then maybe it's the waved German engineer, at least for car enthusiasts.
Mercedes started in Germany and came to a great fixture in the racing world (maybe Jellinek helped them get their start). Racing cars from the early days were often custom deals and showed the technical skills of the companies that made them. Starting with the Simplex design in the early 1900s, Mercedes came to be the dominant force in racing.
For a car enthusiast, nothing says that you have the "in" machine as well as claiming the technical skills that won Le Mans for years under your hood.
So whether it's the colorful story, the price tag or the engineering sciences that goes into creating a car that is considered a work of art, says nothing, style, luxury and craftsmanship like a Mercedes-Benz. Maybe why Janis Joplin asked God to buy her.