1. Mercedes-Benz Is The First Car Of The World. (1885)


Karl (Carl) Friedrich Benz, the inventor of first car of the world

Karl (Carl) Friedrich Benz, the inventor of first car of the world, was born in 1844 in Karlsruhe, Germany. His father, who died when he was only two years old, was a locomotive driver on state railways. Benz studied at Karlsruhe Polytechnic, which later turned into a university. After completing his education, he worked in engineering jobs. He designed iron bridges.


Bertha Ringer Benz, the wife of Carl Benz

At 28, he married Bertha Ringer, the daughter of a wealthy carpenter. This marriage changed not only the life of Karl but the whole world.

The First Motor Car Of The World

The world’s first petrol-driven road vehicle cost 600 German marks in 1886, worth around $4,750 today in 2022. It had a top speed of 10 miles per hour. (16 km/h). Unfortunately, the original Benz Patent Motor no longer exists.

A local newspaper did publish the above picture in 1886.


Benz Patent Motor Car

By 1894, Benz and Cie. produced 25 units, with engine outputs ranging from 1.5 to 3 hp. It was the first automobile to be sold in small quantities. The above photo is the advertising poster for Benz Patent Motor Car.


2 variants of world's first car

Benz later produced two more variants of the Motorwagen with higher engines: Model 2 had a 1.5 hp engine and Model 3 had a 2.0 hp engine. New models had fuel tanks and shoe brakes on the rear wheels.

The customers could also opt for an additional vis-a-vis bench or a folding top. Model 3 of 1888 (left) in the photo above is the oldest car in its original condition.

Benz Passenger Cars, until 1901: Benz Patent Motor Car, Benz Victoria and Vis-à-Vis, Benz Dos-à-Dos, and Benz Velo and Comfortable.

Benz Passenger Cars, until 1901: Benz Patent Motor Car, Benz Victoria and Vis-à-Vis, Benz Dos-à-Dos, and Benz Velo and Comfortable.


Benz Passenger Cars, until 1922: Benz Ideal, Benz Parsifal, and Benz Sports Car.

Benz Passenger Cars, until 1922: Benz Ideal, Benz Parsifal, and Benz Sports Car.


Benz Passenger Cars with 50-70 hp until 1927

Benz Passenger Cars with 50-70 hp until 1927

Mercedes-Benz plant workers, 1897

In 1986, the 100th anniversary, Daimler Benz sanctioned a limited number of faithful reproductions. The replica automobiles run and function the same as the original. (Benz plant workers, 1897)