“Had a long talk with Daimler.”
22 August 1888: Gottlieb Daimler and William Steinway met to discuss in detail the possibility of licensing production of Cannstatt engines in the United States. “Had a long talk with Daimler,” noted Steinway later in his travel diary. On 29 September 1888, piano manufacturer Steinway subsequently established the Daimler Motor Company on Long Island, New York. Thus began the history of Daimler in North America, 125 years ago – just two years after the birth of the automobile. The aim was to produce static and marine engines. Innovation, in the form of the high-speed internal combustion engine, was at the heart of the automobiles that Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz invented, independently of one another, in 1886. Yet these novel machines were capable of more than simply powering a four-wheeled (the Daimler Motor Carriage) or three-wheeled (the Benz Patent Motor Car) road vehicle.