Sunday, May 01, 2011

One of a kind

German engineer Carl Benz revolutionized mobility 125 years ago with his patent automobile. His invention of 1886 is regarded as the world’s first car, and is very reminiscent of a coach without the horse. At that time, this strange looking three-wheeler with a petrol engine certainly raised a few doubtful eyebrows. It had a single cylinder, with about 0.9 hp and a top speed of 12 km per hour. Nevertheless, Benz’ intrepid wife Bertha embarked on the first overland journey covering some 100 kilometers between Mannheim and Pforzheim.

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