When you think of Daimler, you think of Mercedes-Benz, and that’s perfectly understandable. Up until recently Mercedes parent company was known as Daimler-Benz. The name comes from Gottlieb Daimler, a German engineer who was a pioneer in early internal combustion engines, and founded Daimler Motors. It eventually became Daimler-Benz, named after the “father of the car” Carl Benz, even though both men hated each other and spent a lot of the 1890s in court suing each other over patents. And Daimler-Benz of course is the company we know as Mercedes-Benz today. But since I can remember the Queen had been driven around in Daimler cars, and although she has German roots, she wasn’t supporting German car industry. These were very British cars. So what’s the connection between the British Daimler company and the German one?
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