The origins of "Mercedes" and the Star

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The Godfather
It is probably a story that's been told a thousand times, but I never get tired of delving into history, and some of the remarkable stories one can come across. This is one of them. Regards Styria


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I have been blessed to have visited the old and new Mercedes Benz museums in Germany many many times in my short life and remember the three pointed star representing air, land and sea.


The Godfather
Just a snippet that may have some meaning. The mother that he sent a postcard to lived in their home located in DEUTZ. Remember that name. I wonder if, indeed, the well known Trucking Manufacturer by the name of "Magirus Deutz" can have its name origins traced to that location in Germany.

Probably, say thirty years ago, if not more, I remember those trucks for the way they sounded - air cooled V8 (?) two stroke (?) with a huge fan that gave them that characteristic sound. I believe the Company may have been bought out by either MAN or MERCEDES BENZ. I am glad you guys appreciated the PDF - I was quite taken by it as I just love reading old and interesting stories. Thank you. Regards Styria

N.B. A snap shot - they made V6s, V8s and a V12.
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Claremont Meadows
Magirus Deutz Was bought out many years ago, along with many old European truck and heavy vehicle manufacturers by Fiat or the Agnelli family, all of these makes were put together to become IVECO (Industrial Vehicle Co) which now is part of the huge conglomerate called CNH Industrial.
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