1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen

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One of the most significant automobiles in transportation history, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen was the first commercially available automobile ever offered. Karl Benz, the vehicles creator, used his love of bicycles as inspiration for the design. He applied for and received a patent in 1886 as an automobile fueled by gas.

Seen here is a working replica of the original. Utilizing a rear mounted, single-cylinder four-stroke .75 horsepower engine, the Motorwagen can achieve 25 miles per gallon and a top speed of 8mph. It boasts solid rubber tires, large steel-spoked wheels and a single speed transmission. Although extremely simple by today’s standards it was revolutionary at the time and the father of automotive innovation.