Benz until 1926


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    Back home: The original Benz patent motor car of 1888, on loan by the Science Museum in London, as a temporary exhibit in the Dr. Carl Benz Automotive Museum in Ladenburg.
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    In 1888, the same year as Bertha Benz´s epic drive, the first contemporary pictorial report about a drive with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen Model 3 was published in the September issue of the Leipzig "Illustrierte Zeitung".
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    Benz patent motor car from 1886 (replica). On 29 January 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent on his "gas-powered vehicle".
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    Carl Benz in his first Model I patent motor car from 1886, taken in Munich in 1925.
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    On 29 January 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent on his "gas-powered vehicle" (drawings of the design from the patent document).
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    Mercedes 8/18 hp (production period 1910 - 1912), landaulet
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    Mercedes 8/18 hp (production period 1910 - 1912), phaeton
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    Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886 – the world´s first automobile.
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    Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886 – the world´s first automobile.
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    Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886 – the world´s first automobile.
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    Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886 – the world´s first automobile.
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    Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1886 (replica), the first automobile of the world.
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    125 years of innovation: 1886 - Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Invention of the motor car.
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    Mercedes-Simplex 40 HP from 1903 as a two-seater. This high-performance racing car from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection is one of the oldest surviving vehicles belonging to the Mercedes brand.
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    Mercedes-Simplex 28/32 PS, 1904
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    The daughter of Bertha and Carl Benz, Klara, at the wheel of a Benz Velo. Production of 1200 units made it the world´s first volume produced car.
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    Key invention for the automobile: The surface carburetor of the Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886.
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    Carl and Bertha Benz, their daughter Klara and Fritz Held on a  Benz Victoria during a trip near Schriesheim in 1894 .
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    Bertha Benz with her husband Carl Benz in a Benz-Viktoria, model 1894.
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    Bertha Benz at the age of 18
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    Contemporary photo of the Benz patent motor car, model no. 3: Such a car from the year 1888 was sold by Emile Roger to Great Britain, as evidenced by the badge. Today, this is the oldest patent motor car in original condition that is known to exist.
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    The inventor and his creation: Carl Benz (in front) at the wheel of his patent motor car model III, together with Friedrich von Fischer, equally a member of the Board of Management of Benz & Cie.
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    Encounter: The original Benz patent motor car of 1888 (left) and a replica of the world’s first automobile from the year 1886.
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    Back home: The original Benz patent motor car of 1888, on loan by the Science Museum in London, as a temporary exhibit in the Dr. Carl Benz Automotive Museum in Ladenburg.
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    In memory of her great-grandmother: Jutta Benz standing next to the Benz patent motor car of 1888. In a similar car, Bertha Benz set out on the first long-distance journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in that year.
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    Confrontation: The Benz patent motor car from the year 1888 (left) was based on the world’s first automobile of 1886 but is slightly larger.
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    Back home: The original Benz patent motor car of 1888 in the Dr. Carl Benz Automotive Museum in Ladenburg, on loan by the Science Museum in London.
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    Cordial welcome: Jutta Benz, great-granddaughter of Carl Benz, standing next to the Benz patent motor car of 1888. The car is owned by the Science Museum in London.
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    Proven propulsion system after a while: Karl Benz continuously improved the single-cylinder engine with horizontal flywheel.
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    Benz patent motor car, 1888: Among other things, spoked wooden wheels were a feature of the third evolutionary version of this car.
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    Halcyon days for engine assembly at Benz & Cie.: The contra engine was used in production passenger cars and racing cars between 1899 and 1902.
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    Folding roof for the passengers: Benz Mylord coupe of 1901.
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    Clear view to front and rear: Excursion in a Benz Dos-à-Dos in 1900.
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    Output of 15 hp: Benz Phaeton with contra engine of 1902.
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    Driver and front passenger sat back-to-back with the other passengers in the Benz Dos-à-Dos, the model that celebrated its premiere with the contra engine in 1899.
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    Benz "Contra-Motor", (Urvater der heutigen Boxermotoren) von 1897.
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    On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz was granted German Patent No. 37435 for his motorized vehicle. This patent document marks the beginning of automotive mobility. It describes the first fully-functioning engine/chassis unit – the Patent Motor Car designed by Karl Benz.
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    Benz Patent Motor Car – The world’s first automobile
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    Carl Benz at the wheel of his Patent Motor Car in 1925, during the transport exhibition on Theresienwiese, Munich’s trade-fair and public-festival grounds.
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    Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886 – the world´s first automobile.
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