First ever motor vehicle 1886
The first car was called the Benz Patent-Motorwagen in 1886 it had a high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine but unlike our modern 4 wheeled cars this only had 3 wheels
Below is a summation of newspaper responses to Mr. Benz patent application:
Jonny Lieferman from an article in Motor Trend Feb 18, 2011
A guy named Karl Benz recently filed a patent for… something he's calling a "Motorwagen." The idea is that you burn a substance called gasoline through a small internal-combustion engine.. … will magically propel the contraption forward. It will never work, …
…Where will you get this magical fluid? I'm not saying it doesn't exist -- it actually does, in large quantities … in the Middle East. But what I am saying is that gasoline-powered personal mobility is little more than a pipe dream. Mr. Benz might as well have developed a machine that runs on good intentions!
…. Underground in places like Persia, Guzarat, and Malabar is oil, which has to be refined -- at great cost .. into gasoline. Then you have to transport hundreds…. of liquid tons of the stuff vast distances to the few dozen people who might possibly be interested in horseless conveyance....
I could bore you with the math, but hay is cheap. … Literally growing in the field behind the building where I'm typing. Run out of this newfangled gasoline, and you're on your own (sorry, sir!), but run out of hay? Never! In fact you can just let your horse munch away in peace while you get yourself some food and drink, a much more pleasant alternative to running all over creation looking for this gasoline stuff.
Which leads me to one other point: Horses work. Food (hay!), some water, a little shelter, and they take you wherever you want to go.
But this Motorwagen? On the only known road trip so far .. Mrs. Bertha Benz had to jump the following hurdles: she had to track down fuel at a pharmacy; the air/fuel mixer (called a carburetor) became clogged and she had to use one of her hatpins to unclog it; a blacksmith was needed to reweld the drive chain; a shoemaker had to attach a strip of leather to the brakes; and the final indignity: She had to use one of her own garters to insulate a wire!
Nice try, Mr. Benz, but we really can't see a future for a machine that forces our women into a state of duress and undress. I'll stick to my horse, thanks much.
PS: I remember when I first heard of the cell phone, internet, sputnik, self-driving cars, walking on the moon etc......... YEAH RIGHT!!Sure...
And now everyone knows of Mercedes Benz cars. Fascinating story. It is interesting how new things get developed and we think they won't work and pretty much 100% of the time they work and we end up getting one of them too.
WOW. Where do you find this stuff? Like Betty said, this is fascinating!
I've always dreamed of owning a Mercedes Benz … and given Bertha's ingenuity, now I want one even more. :)
Gasoline, crazy stuff. What a great quote.
My g-ma was born in 1888, died 1972. She went through the gamut of new inventions. Here we are, doing much the same.
Wowsers, hindsight is 20/20. Great article, Jack!
Wow Jack - that was The Rest of the Story alright. Very interesting! How did you know that?
Remember the Old Saying my Dad would use, "Time Marches On", Getting settled and used to living in a House again ! You and your Honey "Take Care", love from Northern New York State !! Gary & Anna Mae
interesting indeed. and look where we are today.
I own a 3 wheel vehicle. It's called my bike. No motor, but it's powered by me. Not a Mercedez for sure! I should use it more than I do, but now it's to hot out so maybe when it's cooler. Hoping you all are keeping cool in PA. I'm pretty sure the heat wave is going to be around a few days.
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