1932 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin


1932 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin

1932 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin

The model designation, Zeppelin, was chosen to express that the twelve-cylinder Maybach engine in this extraordinary car was designed on the basis of experience gained with Maybach Zeppelin airship engines. The name is also to serve as a symbol for the principles to which Maybach cars are built: to create nothing but the best from the most advanced materials, cars of lasting value, manufactured to the highest level of perfection. The Maybach Zeppelin is the ultimate answer to automotive wishes, with a distinctive character all its own and the highest levels of elegance and power. (Maybach leaflet, 1934).

The highlight of the car was Maybach’s ingenious transmission design. Maybach wanted to spare his customers this complex and difficult sequence of operations and therefore developed a compact gearbox with constantly meshing, obliquely cut gear wheels. The gears were engaged by means of shift dogs which were moved with the help of vacuum pressure. The clutch only had to be operated for starting off, stopping and reversing. A preselector would be used to select the desired gear. After selection, the car would change gears once the driver let up on the accelerator.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineWater Cooled, Cast Iron, 60 Degree V12
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainSOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement7922 cc / 483.4 in³
bore92 mm / 3.62 in
stroke100 mm / 3.94 in
power149.1 kw / 199.9 bhp @ 3200 rpm
specific output25.23 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
body / frameSteel Pressed
driven wheelsRWD
front tires7×20
rear tires7.5×20
f brake sizemm / in
r brake sizemm / in
steeringWorm & Nut
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Dampers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Dampers
curb weight2800 kg / 6173 lbs
wheelbase3735 mm / 147.0 in
front track1520 mm / 59.8 in
rear track1520 mm / 59.8 in
length5520 mm / 217.3 in
width1820 mm / 71.7 in
height1900 mm / 74.8 in
transmission4-Speed Manual w/Pre-Selection & Low Ratio Option
gear ratios:1
final drive3.58:1
top speed~170 kph / 105.6 mph