The “AC” was the first model built by MAC International (previously the International Motor Company). It was considered a custom truck, as the body of the truck was made for the needs of any kind of trade.
Made in 3 1/2, 5 1/2, and 7 1/2 ton capacity
7 Forward speeds, 2 Reverse speeds
Any paint color, for an additional $50
Chain drive and dual wheels were standard
40 HP Cylinder 5″ Pistons
These trucks were a big part of World War I. It was also the first year for the “C” cab; without sides or windshield.
Featured in the January/February 2019 issue of The Star, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s Magazine! Many thanks to The Star for graciously allowing us to re-post the article. Written by Gary Anderson with Bill Eggers and Jennifer Ortiz and photos by Sean Aryai and Bill Eggers. You can read more about the 1898 Daimler–from framing to final construction–by clicking here or turn to page 50 in your magazine!
Birth of the first conventional platform truck (pick up truck) with the engine located over the front axle.
Three speeds and reverse, water-cooled, 5 HP – 2 cylinder gas engine and rear shoe brake. Used mainly for delivering beer from Germany to London.
Gottlieb Damiler built the world’s first truck in 1896. The two cylinder, four horse power engine was designed to run on gas, coal gas and lamp fuel. Its first job was delivering beer kegs to taverns in England. This overly enhanced replica is available to museums and private collectors alike. Call for pricing.
Watch as Bill Eggers and the 1896 Daimler Truck Replica goes to Mecum Auctions at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg on July 30, 2015. Clip courtesy of NBCSN.
Overly enhanced custom replication of the 1896 Daimler Truck.
This is the photo of the original truck.
To see the 1896 Daimler Truck in action, enjoy the video below.