The birth certificate of the automobile was issued 125 years ago today

On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz filed a Patent No. 37435 at the Reich Patent Office in Berlin – it is generally regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile and became the first of over 80,000 patents to the Mercedes Benz marque. Benz’ Patent Motor Car was equipped with a horizontal single-cylinder four-stroke engine, which developed an output of 0.55 kW at 400 rpm from a displacement of 954 cubic centimetres. The vehicle’s top speed was 16 km/h. Happy birthday to the automobile and congratulations to the company which today remains at the forefront of personal transportation. Extensive detailed imagesed with a horizontal single-cylinder four-stroke engine, which developed an output of 0.55 kW at 400 rpm from a displacement of 954 cubic centimetres. The vehicle’s top speed was 16 km/h. Happy birthday to the automobile and congratulations to the company which today remains at the forefront of personal transportation.

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One Response to The birth certificate of the automobile was issued 125 years ago today

  1. alfy says:

    I heard on the radio that, although Karl Benz was the first person to design and make a motor car, it was Frau (Mrs) Benz who was the first person to go for a spin. Karl had left his machine sitting in the the shed, (proto-garage) and an hour later when he looked up he saw his wife driving the machine back home from a visit to relatives, with her child alongside.
    She apparently said to Benz, “You are a silly bugger, Karl, you forgot to design any brakes, so I had to get the saddler to make a leather strap so that I could stop the thing safely. No tea for you till you get the braking mechanism designed, patented and operational. Vorsprung durch technik.”

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