5. Mercedes-Benz Is The World’s First Four-Wheeled Motor Vehicle Built By Gottlieb Daimler. (1886)

Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach

Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler, the inventor of the high-speed gasoline engine, was born in 1834 in Stuttgart to a baker father and a housewife mother.

Gottlieb trained as a gunsmith, but he was not happy. He left his hometown and studied mechanical engineering.

At 27, he met Wilhelm Maybach, a 15-year-old orphan who was very skillful in mechanics. Daimler made him his assistant, and a lifelong partnership started.


Wilhelm Wimpff & Sohn was a Stuttgart-based wagon construction factory. Gottlieb Daimler ordered an Americaine-style carriage from them and told his neighbors it was a birthday present for his wife, Emma. His purpose was to equip it with his high-speed engine.

Daimler carriage was the first motorized quadricycle vehicle in the world with a 1.1 hp output power.

Gottlieb Daimler and his wife Emma Kurtz Daimler in the photograph. (1875)


The Daimler Cannstatt was a new means of transportation for four passengers. A water-cooled engine powered the car, which could speed up to 16 kilometers per hour.


The Daimler Cannstatt drove for the first time on the street of Untertürkheim, where the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, today’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, was located.

In the picture, Gottlieb Daimler sits in the back seat while his son Adolf drives Daimler Cannstatt.


The Workforce At Daimler Factory In Cannstatt, Stuttgart. (1893)


Gottlieb named the vehicle after the oldest district of Stuttgart, where he set up a workshop and built the car. The photograph was taken in Daimler’s family cottage in Cannstatt.

Left to right: Gottlieb Daimler, his sister-in-law Marie Kurz, sons Paul and Adolf, father-in-law Friedrich Kurz, youngest son Wilhelm, wife Emma, daughters Emma and Martha. They call their dog Bello.