1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen
Serial No: -
Engine Size: 1697 cc
Engine Cylinders: 1
Engine BHP: 2 BHP
- The first of 100 replicas produced by Daimler Benz in 1985 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first automobile
- Powered by a water-cooled, single-cylinder, rear-mounted engine
On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz patented teh first automobile, the three-wheeled Patent-Motorwagen. The lightweight Patent-Motorwagen's three-wheeled design was less complicated, lighter and easier to steer tahn the typical four-wheeled carriage. The rear axle was supported by a full-leaf spring suspension, while the front wheel turned on a solid mounted axle. The driver started the engine by spinning a flywheel by hand and adjusted fuel flow with a handle under the driver's seat. The driver steered with a tiller and controlled the brakes with a large lever on the left side. Powered by a water-cooled, single-cylinder, rearmounted engine, the Patent-Motorwagen could reach a top speed of approximately 10 mph and had an engine output of approximately 0.75 hp.
This vehilce is a replica of the original Patent-Motorwagen produced by Daimler to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its introduction. Only 100 were produced.