In 1898 they called it a "load carriage." When Tools of the Trade Editor David Frane saw this vintage vehicle, he had another name for it. According to Frane:
During a recent trip to Germany I visited the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, and one of the coolest things I saw was the world’s oldest existing truck ...The lastwagen was introduced in 1896 [by Daimler] but no models from the first two years have survived to the present. Trucks were slow to catch on in Germany, and the first sales were made in England. The problem was, early motorized vehicles were play toys for the rich and people had a hard time accepting the idea they could be used for work.