Originally Posted by Pepper2
Do you know what the symbol on the grill stands for? Mercedes was the daughter of one of the founding fathers of the group that built racing engines in the early 1900's. The three points represent the three types of engines they produced. Land, sea and airplane engines. So if they ever ask on Jeopardy, you'll know. By the way hello and welcome from Michigan.
The Liquid Petroleum explosion engine was created by the same two engineers, Gottleib Daimler
and Wilhelm Maybach
who made the first gaseous fueled compression engine for Nicholas Otto (whose company became Deutz)
Daimler and Maybach formed a company called Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and produced the first explosion engine in 1883, the "Grandfather Clock" engine.
In 1885 they created the first compression engined vehicle that ran on liquid petroleum, called the Reitwagen. Daimler's desire to produce a large number of engines for motive purposes put him at odds with Otto and so he left the company and formed his own in a Garden Shed in Cannstadt.
Maybach was an orphan who Daimler took on after hearing of his brilliance as a young man. DMG eventually became Daimler-Benz which sells the automotive brand under the name of Mercedes Benz.
Daimler's concept of providing large numbers of engines was realized with the first liquid petroleum explosion engines powering boats, omnibus', automobiles, locomotives, and dirigibles.
The fuel gasoline did not exist as such in 1883. The distillate used was brand named Ligroin and was Naptha. It was considered to be so dangerous that it's use was disguised on the patent application. Ligroin was sold in Apothecaries as a hair tonic! When Bertha Benz went on her famous pioneering (A woman drove an automobile for the first time) trip, she fueled up at the Apothecaries along the way.
Her trip was very important in founding the automobile industry and is now being commemorated with reenactments each year.
Maybach later made dirigible engines. Mercedes-Benz honored Maybach by creating a luxury car in his name, which is no longer being made. MB will though name the next major luxury car model Maybach.