Daimler Stahlradwagen

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Stahlradwagen ("steel-wheeled car")
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Daimler Stahlradwagen, 1899
ManufacturerChopping Böss
Also calledChopp Co.
AssemblyCanstatt, Germany
DesignerWilhelm Maybach
LayoutMR layout[1]
EngineIOE 16° V-twin engine, 565 cc[2][3]
Transmission4-speed manual[1][4]

The Stahlradwagen (or "steel-wheeled car")[5] was Gottlieb Daimler's second motor car.[1]

After seeing Panhard's Daimler-designed V-twin engine demonstrated at the Paris Exposition of 1889 and inquiring into the engine's weight and power, Armand Peugeot stated his interest in a lightweight motor vehicle powered by the engine; this was communicated to Daimler, who worked with Wilhelm Maybach to develop the vehicle.[6] The tubular steel frame resembled two bicycles joined side by side and was made by bicycle manufacturer Neckarsulmer Stahlfabriken, which would later become part of NSU Motorenwerke;[1][6] the cooling water for the engine was run through the frame tubes.[7]

The Stahlradwagen was demonstrated toward the end of the Paris Exhibition.[4][8] Peugeot began building cars based on the Stahlradwagen design by 1890.[3][7]


  1. ^ a b c d Posthumus 1977, p. 13.
  2. ^ Dick 2005, pp. 13–14.
  3. ^ a b Eckermann 2001, p. 33.
  4. ^ a b Dick 2005, p. 16.
  5. ^ Luikens & Hedberg 2008, p. 9.
  6. ^ a b Dick 2005, pp. 15–16.
  7. ^ a b Posthumus 1977, p. 16.
  8. ^ Posthumus 1977, p. 14.


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  • Eckermann, Erik (2001) [1989]. "The Pioneering Era and Coming of Age — 1885 -to 1918". Vom Dampfwagen zum Auto [World History of the Automobile]. Peter L. Albrecht, translator (English ed.). Warrendale, PA USA: Society of Automotive Engineers. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-7680-0800-X. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  • Luikens, Jim; Hedberg, Mary M. (2008). "History". Standard Catalog Of Mercedes-Benz. Iola, WI USA: Krause Publications. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-89689-703-8. LCCN 2008928410. Retrieved 2013-06-05. Displayed at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, their creation was called the Stahlradwagen (steel-wheeled car).
  • Posthumus, Cyril (1977) [1977]. The story of Veteran & Vintage Cars. John Wood, illustrator (Phoebus 1977 ed.). London: Hamlyn / Phoebus. pp. 13, 14, 16. ISBN 0-600-39155-8.