I love the bicycle story behind the first car patent by [Mercedes] Benz

Mike leroy

Active Member
Karl Benz makes a Great life story! Pure genius!

Now his whole story has come full circle! Déjà vu! If this is not history repeating itself, then I do not know what is.

During these years, while riding his bicycle, he started to envision concepts for a vehicle that would eventually become the horseless carriage.

Does this look like an electric 600W trike, or what?

Original Patent model: 958 cc, 0.8 hp, 600 W, 16 km/h



Benz's lifelong hobby brought him to a bicycle repair shop in Mannheim owned by Max Rose and Friedrich Wilhelm Eßlinger. In 1883, the three founded a new company producing industrial machines: Benz & Company Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik, usually referred to as, Benz & Cie. Quickly growing to twenty-five employees, it soon began to produce static gas engines as well.

The success of the company gave Benz the opportunity to indulge in his old passion of designing a horseless carriage. Based on his experience with, and fondness for, bicycles, he used similar technology when he created anautomobile. It featured wire wheels (unlike carriages' wooden ones) [9] with a four-stroke engine of his own design between the rear wheels, with a very advanced coil ignition [10] and evaporative cooling rather than a radiator.[10]Power was transmitted by means of two roller chains to the rear axle. Karl Benz finished his creation in 1885 and named it the Benz Patent Motorwagen.

Benz began to sell the vehicle (advertising it as the Benz Patent Motorwagen) in the late summer of 1888, making it the first commercially available automobile in history. The second customer of the Motorwagen was a Parisianbicycle manufacturer [10]Emile Roger, who had already been building Benz engines under license from Karl Benz for several years. Roger added the Benz automobiles (many built in France) to the line he carried in Paris and initially most were sold there.
 

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