Karl Maybach (1879-1960) was a very talented designer and engineer who worked for several companies including Daimler, before founding his own firm in 1920. As well as producing very high quality luxury cars, Maybach engines were used in the Graf Zeppelin airships. Thousands of engines were produced during and after WW II, the company merging with Daimler-Benz in 1960. From 2002 until 2012, the Daimler company relaunched the name Maybach as a brand name for their luxury cars. Approximately 3,000 were manufactured.