130 years ago, on January 29, Karl Benz got his Patent 37435 for the Patent-Motorwagen which is the first vehicle of the modern world. The car was finished in 1885, but the patent was released in 1886. The first vehicle (a three-wheeled car) was powered by an internal combustion engine. The car was rear-engined and the unit has 950 cc and could deliver 0.6 horsepower.
According to the patent, the Patent-Motorwagen was able to run with 10 mph. But the engine was improved and after a few months, the third example of the Patent-Motorwagen was able to deliver 2 HP.
Benz Patent-Motorwagen – The world presentation
After that we had the first marketing campaign for a car. Of course we are joking because it was Benz’s wife who did a public demonstration. She took the third model of Patent-Motorwagen for the first long-distance road trip ever made. She drove for about 1221 miles proving the model’s feasibility as a method of long-distance transport.
After the success, the Patent-Motorwagen was unveiled to the public at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. About 25 Patent-Motorwagens were made, before Benz moved on to more advanced vehicles.
Via | AutoExpress