Ever since the first stationary gasoline engine was built and developed by Karl Benz, the internal combustion has revolutionised the way we moved around forever.
Six years after first running the one cylinder two-stroke that began the motoring story, Benz fitted a single-cylinder four-stroke engine at the rear of a tubular steel frame, along with a differential and water-cooling system.
By today’s standard, the 0.75hp engine doesn’t sound like much, but it would begin the long journey towards the vehicles of the modern age, and on January 29th 1886, the Benz Patent Motor Car or ‘Velocipede’ was patented and the car was born.
This three-wheeled vehicle might not be instantly familiar as a car today, wearing large wheels like you'd find on a pram or a Victorian bicycle and steered by means of a central tiller.
After Benz’s wife Bertha took the vehicle - without Karl's knowledge - on a long distance journey of 121 miles with their teenage children, the practical aspects of the motorcar were shown to the world. Bertha herself helped to pioneer brake lining - while actually on her inaugural journey - and later worked on multi-gear engines.
2016 marks the 130th anniversary of Benz's invention and the company founded as a result continues to thrive to this day!