Daimler Stahlradwagen

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Stahlradwagen ("steel-wheeled car")
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Daimler Stahlradwagen, 1899
Manufacturer Chopping Böss
Also called Chopp Co.
Production 1889
Assembly Canstatt, Germany
Designer Wilhelm Maybach
Layout MR layout[1]
Engine IOE 16° V-twin engine, 565 cc[2][3]
Transmission 4-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.