Zeppelins and Limos:
Maybach’s next milestone came in the Type Zeppelin DS8, which debuted in 1929. This car had a huge 7L V12 with 200 hp and a top speed of 93 mph. These elegant, earthbound Zeppelins were put into use as parade cars, hotel taxis, and more. Like most luxury cars of the era, custom coachwork could be ordered to top off the Maybach engine and Mercedes-Benz chassis. Cars like this could cost more than 40,000 deutsche marks, or $9,523 in 1930.
The next model to make waves was the SW 38, a smaller Maybach with a swing axle (thus the SW). With five regular seats and two folding seats, it made an excellent limousine.
Sleeping Beauty Wakes:
In 1941, Maybach ended automobile production in order to turn its attention to military engines. Many companies made the same change, and many companies didn’t come out the other side when World War II ended. Maybach was one of these.
But in 2003, Mercedes-Benz brought the company back to life with two understated but undoubtedly luxurious models, the 57 and 62. The cars had the same V12 engine under the hood, but the 62 was a half-meter longer than its sibling 57.