Random Fact of the Day
3rd July 1886: Karl Benz drove the first automobile in Germany.
Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and automobile engineer.
He attended the University of Karlsruhe and started to envision concepts for a vehicle that would eventually become the horseless carriage while riding his bicycle.
He went on to patent the speed regulation system, system, the ignition using sparks with battery, the spark plug, the carburettor, the clutch, the gear shift and the water radiator before developing a four stroke engine. Quite the inventor!
His Benz Patent Motorcar from 1885 was considered the first practical automobile but was difficult to control so was improved upon and developed into the Benz Patent Motorwagen and advertised for sale in 1888, making it the first commercially available automobile in history.
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Following many ups and downs including the 1923 German economic crisis and hyperinflation, finally on 28th June 1926, Benz & Cie. and DMG (Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft) merged as the Daimler-Benz company. It named all of its automobiles “Mercedes-Benz” in honour of the 1902 Mercedes 35hp (the most important model of the DMG automobiles) along with the Benz name.
Mercedes Benz (slogan; “the best or nothing”) is now the word’s biggest premium car maker selling 2,289,344 cars in 2017. I wonder if Benz ever envisaged that when he was on his bicycle back in 1864!
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