The German company was registered in 1909 and was called Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH. The main production was occupied by aircraft engines and engines for airships. After World War I, the company changed its name to Maybach Motorenbau GmbH and began production of engines for cars and locomotives. In 1926, the technically perfect car model W3 came off the assembly line, with 4-wheel brakes and a unique gear shift system.

In 1966, a company merges and the Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH is born. Production focused on engines for ships and trains. Maybach Manufaktur became the luxury car manufacturer. Production stopped in 2013. The brand was unable to compete with Bentley Motors and Rolls-Royce. Sales held at around 200 cars per year. Production facilities were concentrated in Germany and America.

The popular Maybach models are available in two variations: the standard auto model 57 and the extended model 62. The Type 12 engine (computer control) is installed on them. The last car to go off the assembly line in 2009 was the Maybach Zeppelin.