Benz Patent-Motorwagen

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The Benz Patent-Motorwagen ("patent motorcar"), built in 1885 by the German Carl Benz, is widely regarded as the world's first practical modern automobile[1][lower-alpha 1] and was the first car put into series production.[8] It was patented and unveiled in 1886. The original cost of the vehicle in 1886 was 600 imperial German marks,[9] approximately 150 US dollars (equivalent to $4,500 in 2021).

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Benz Patent-Motorwagen
Benz Patent-Motorwagen Nr. 1
ManufacturerRheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie.
(known today as Mercedes-Benz)
Engine1.0L (954cc) single cylinder engine 23hp (Ligroin)
SuccessorBenz Velo

Karl's wife Bertha demonstrated its feasibility in a trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim in August 1888, shortly before it became the first commercially available automobile in history in the late summer of 1888.[10]

Due to the creation of the Patent-Motorwagen, Benz has been hailed as the father and inventor of the automobile.[1][11][12]