Karl Benz

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Karl Benz
BirthplaceMühlburg (Karlsruhe), Germany
EducationUniversity of Karlsruhe

Benz, Karl

(bĕnts), 1844–1929, German engineer, credited with building the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. The car, driven in Mannheim in 1885 and patented in 1886, had three wheels, an electric ignition, and differential gears and was water-cooled. As a result of a merger in 1926, Benz's company became Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG), the manufacturer of the Mercedes-Benz automobile.


See St. J. C. Nixon, The Invention of the Automobile (Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler) (1936); E. Diesel, From Engine to Autos (tr. 1960).

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Karl Benz, the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile and the founder of the Benz Company, predicted more than one hundred years ago that the market for cars would be limited by the small number of people with the instincts and skill to do something as dangerous and demanding as driving a car.
And Mercedes-Benz has filled it up with over 1,000 vehicles from its history, all the way back to replicas of the first vehicles ever made by Karl Benz and Gottleib Daimler.
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The Pall Mall retailer is in the process of adding the finishing touches to its special anniversary event, which will be held from March 3 to March 6 and will pay tribute to the breakthrough of Karl Benz in creating the world's first motor car and "Benz" in 1886 - the three-wheeled Motorwagen.
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BERLIN and PASADENA, California, January 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- January 29th marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the automobile by Karl Benz.
2011 is a momentous year for Mercedes-Benz as we celebrate 125 years since the invention of the automobile on 29 January 1886, by our founding fathers Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler.
It has been 125 years since the invention of the automobile by our founding fathers Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler and we are still creating cutting-edge luxury vehicles with ground-breaking designs.
Mercedes-Benz also celebrated its 125th anniversary, by bringing the very first automobile, the Patentwagen built by Karl Benz back in 1886, displaying it for the first time.
But as Karl Benz realised when he patented the boxer design in 1896, they balance each other nicely - like a couple who argue all the time but stay together forever.
1886: Karl Benz patented the first practical car with petrol-driven internal combustion engine.