Minichamps MIN436039406 1932 Maybach Zeppelin DS 8 Touring Car - Brown (1:43 Scale)
"The Maybach Zeppelin models rank among the few cars in the international top class. They are highly luxurious, extremely lavish in their engineering and attainable only for a chosen few, not only on account of the small series in which these splendid cars are built."
- Allgemeine Automobilzeitung 1933, no. 35
Started in 1909, Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH is a German luxury car manufacturer. It was founded by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach as director. The company was originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin/GmbH and was itself known as "Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH" (literally Airship Engine Company) until 1918. Today, the brand is owned by Daimler AG and based in Stuttgart.
The Maybach 'Zeppelin' is one of the most famous models in the line-up of international luxury cars from the nineteen-thirties - a terrific twelve-cylinder car that was built in numerous versions between 1930 and 1937. Its handling characteristics fill people with enthusiasm even today. With its 3735 millimetre wheelbase, high weight and rigid axles suspended on long semi-elliptic springs, the car glides along in almost light-footed style. Comfort is additionally enhanced by hydraulic, double-acting shock absorbers. The clutch has to be operated for starting off, but otherwise, the driver only needs to operate two small levers in the centre of the steering wheel to engage the four gears of the planetary-gear transmission - without declutching. Idle, first and reverse gear are engaged by means of a preselection lever in the centre of the car.
In relation to this majestic car's weight of well over three tonnes, the worm-and-nut steering, without power assistance, is astonishingly light, and the huge drum brakes, actuated via cables, decelerate the car evenly and effectively, thanks to an ingenious lever system. Thanks to vacuum-pressure brake boosting, relatively little strength is required to operate the brakes.
Pictured here is a 1:43 scale replica of a 1932 Maybach Zeppelin DS 8 Touring Car in brown. Only 1,200 pieces produced. Sold Out!
Length: 6 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: March 2008