Automotive History

Stuttgart and its Region – The Birthplace of the Automobile

Few inventions have influenced the development of the world as strongly as the automobile. Its story begins in 1886 in southwest Germany, or more precisely in the Stuttgart region, where Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz both worked independently on the development of motorised vehicles. Carl Benz’s 1886 "Velocipede", despite its limitation of three wheels, is considered the first automobile in the world. In the same year, only 100 km away, Gottlieb Daimler introduced the motor stagecoach, the first four-wheeled automobile in the world. Ground-breaking inventions from famous technical pioneers such as Robert Bosch and Ferdinand Porsche subsequently paved the way for the triumph of the automobile - and laid down the foundations for corporations that enjoy worldwide reputations to this day.

Economic Factor and Innovation Driver

Until today, automotive industry shapes the entire region around Stuttgart being the most important economic factor and engine of various technical developments. Various traditional companies such as Daimler, Porsche or Bosch, to name only a few, keep alive the region’s reputation of automotive innovation’s seed by means of steady new, ground-breaking inventions.

Preserving the Automobile as a Cultural Asset

Influenced and shaped by the automotive spirit, our location in the middle of the presently most significant centre for classic vehicles in Germany – “the Motorworld Region Stuttgart” – proves to be more than coherent. We regard preserving and maintaining the automobile as a cultural asset not only as our obligation, but it is an honour for us at the same time.