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Inside the greenhouse of the Daimler Gedächtnisstätte, you can see a full-size replica of the "Grandfather Clock" engine that was patented in 1885. It consisted of an air-cooled cylinder mounted above an enclosed crankcase.

The engine weighed 60 kg (132 pounds), produced 0.5 hp at 650 rpm, and was light enough for use in a motorcycle, on a carriage, or in a small boat.


This model shows the motorized carriage that Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Mayback built in 1886 (one year after Daimler's son Adolph traveled 3 km from Cannstatt to Untertürkheim, now the headquarters of Porsche, on the world's first motorcycle.)


Another model depicts the world's first motorboat, the Neckar, which was built in the same year as the motorized carriage.


In the back room of the greenhouse and workshop, you can see the workbench where Daimler and Maybach assembled their single-cylinder gasoline engines.

The model on the workbench is of the Daimler-Maybach horizontal engine from 1883, which had an internal volume of 0.176 liter or 10.74 cubic inches, or slightly more than the engine displacement of a classic Vespa motorscooter.


A monument near the greenhouse honors Gottlieb Daimler, whose name lives on in Daimler AG, the corporate parent of Mercedes-Benz.

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More articles about Mercedes-Benz and Stuttgart:
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
Straßenbahnwelt Stuttgart (Stuttgart Tram Museum)