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A Brief History of the Mercedes Benz

Last updated 6 years ago

The tri-tipped star is equally as well-known as the company it represents. Mercedes-Benz is one of the oldest car companies in the world, with a reputation for unmatched class, sophistication, and style. To get there, however, was a long and hard road.

  • The Early Days
    In 1885, Paul Daimler rode a kind of combustion engine-powered bike—a two-wheeled contraption powered by an early 4-cycle internal combustion engine. Around the same time, Carl Benz had been awarded a patent on a similar, 3-wheel motor. The Daimler-Benz partnership was responsible for winning the first recorded auto race.
  • Act 2
    As a German company during World War II, getting back to full operations took a little bit of work. In fact, between 70 and 80 of buildings were destroyed by Allied aerial raids. A combination of Daimler, Benz, and DMG, the Mercedes Company was created in the early 20s. The first Mercedes was designed by Willhelm Maybach and is widely considered to be the first modern car. At early auto shows, the Mercedes was shown to be superior to other cars in virtually every way.
  • The Star
    The logo often draws a lot of attention for Mercedes, but did you know that Mercedes-Benz was without a logo for almost 20 years? Paul and Adolf Daimler, at the time senior executives at DMG before the merger, realized that the company needed a trademark. Remembering that their father, Gottlieb Daimler, sometimes used a 3-pointed star, they felt it was fitting.

Today, Mercedes-Benz and its tri-tipped star represents class, sophistication, and style. The road to get here, however, is lined with over 100 years of hard work. For more information about our Mercedes used car sales, give us a call at (888) 924-4267.

Athans Motors has been helping families throughout the Illinois community find the perfect Mercedes for them. We hand select every vehicle in our used car sales department. Additionally, we feature a service department that specializes in Mercedes-Benz, BMW, AUdi and Porsche repair and service.


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