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What is the early history of Mercedes-Benz?

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Mercedes-Benz has a deep and rich history that can be traced as far back to the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen designed by Karl Benz. Hailed as the first automobile by many, only 25 were manufactured between 1886 and 1893.

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Daimler Motors Corporation first used the Mercedes name in 1901, although the name Mercedes-Benz was not used until 1926 after the merge of Karl Benz's Benz & Cie. and Daimler Motors Corporation two years after the groups signed an agreement of mutual interest that was valid until 2000. The merged groups were then known as Daimler-Benz and began using Mercedes-Benz as the brand name for the company's vehicles. The Mercedes name comes from a 1900 motor named after the daughter of Emil Jellinek, who was a director under Daimler Motors Corporation from 1900 to 1909.

During the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz produced the model 770, which was popular during the Nazi era and driven by Adolf Hitler. The 770 featured an inline eight-cylinder engine and produced 150 brake horsepower without the optional supercharger. With the Roots type supercharger, the 770 was capable of 200 brake horsepower and could accelerate up to 99 miles per hour. In 1938 this model received heavy revisions as the series 2 770, and is considered to be the most expensive German car manufactured at the time. The price of the vehicle was available only by request and production ceased in 1943, leaving the total amount produced at 205.

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