Benz until 1926

  • Stuttgart, Jan 19, 2016 - It was the document that set the world in motion: on 29 January 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent on his "gas-powered vehicle". This was the day the automobile was born. Later the same year, independently of Benz, Gottlieb Daimler built his motorised carriage. Thus it was that 1886 marked the beginning of the so far 130-year-long success story of Mercedes-Benz.
  • Stuttgart, Jun 27, 2013 - It was early one August morning in 1888 when a very determined lady set out on an adventure that would change the course of history: Bertha Benz, the wife of motor car inventor Carl Benz, embarked on the first ever long-distance journey in automotive history in a Benz Patent-Motorwagen Typ III (patent motor car type 3) accompanied by her two sons.
  • Stuttgart/Mannheim, Oct 1, 2009 - 3 July 1886 is a significant date in the history of the Benz Patent Motor Car, the day the vehicle – regarded as the world’s first automobile – completed its maiden journey in public on Mannheim’s Ringstraße. At the same time, the event represented for designer Carl Benz the fulfilment of his dream to build a motorised road-going vehicle. His design, which included chassis and engine, was a fundamentally new innovation.
  • Stuttgart/Swakopmund, Apr 1, 2009 - The first crossing of Africa by car was successfully completed on May 1, 1909 when Paul Graetz arrived in Swakopmund in today's Namibia, formerly German South West Africa, in his special vehicle produced by Süddeutsche Automobilfabrik Gaggenau GmbH, a company that became Benz-Werke Gaggenau at a later stage.
  • Stuttgart, Mar 14, 2009 - The German engineer and inventor Prosper L'Orange was awarded a patent for his prechamber principal (DRP 230 517) on 14 March 1909. The prechamber principal made possible the development of the diesel engine from being a stationary source of power to one with mobile applications.
  • Stuttgart/Mannheim, Dec 15, 2008 - Carl Benz played a prominent role in promoting the development of the automobile. Production of the Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886, the world’s first automobile, ran to around 25 examples.
  • Stuttgart/Mannheim, Jan 31, 2008 - In the spring of 1888, the French engineer and designer Emile Roger in Paris was granted the sole agency rights for Benz vehicles and engines in France. Roger was not only a high-performing sales partner for Carl Benz; this step also marked the beginning of foreign sales for Benz.
  • Stuttgart/Ladenburg, May 24, 2007 - The Benz Patent Motor Car is considered to be the world’s first automobile. One specimen of 1888 which is retained in its original condition now comes to Germany: The Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz in Ladenburg will host the oldest original automobile in the world. It is a loan of the Science Museum, London.
  • Stuttgart, Feb 1, 2007 - <b>1897</b> In 1897 Karl Benz developed the boxer engine. This drive system, in which two horizontally-opposed cylinders turned a single crankshaft, was given the name “contra engine”.
  • Stuttgart, Dec 30, 2005 - <b> January 29, 1886</b> The automobile celebrates its 120th birthday on January 29. On this date in 1886 Karl Benz applied for a patent for his motorized vehicle.
  • Stuttgart, Jun 16, 2004 - <b>July 16, 1894:</b> 939 kilometers with 4 hp. On July 16, 1894, Theodor Baron von Liebieg set out from his home town, Reichenberg in Bohemia (today's Liberec in the Czech Republic) in his Benz Victoria and drove to Gondorf near Koblenz (Germany).
  • Stuttgart, Feb 14, 2003 - In 1886, quite independently of each other, two epoch-making inventions hit the road: in Mannheim the Benz Patent Motor Car – a vehicle designed from scratch – and in Stuttgart Daimler's Motorized Carriage – as its name implies, a carriage powered by an engine. Both vehicles were lacking a decisive feature, however: a steering system matched to the vehicle and capable of coping with the prevailing conditions and speeds.