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Mercedes Car Covers: The Benz Patent Motorwagen
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The First Benz
While Mercedes-Benz first came into being in 1926, the brand had its start in 1886. Karl Benz, a stationary engine manufacturer, had been working on creating a two-stroke piston engine. His endeavor achieved success in 1873, and he turned to a new project: developing a motorized vehicle.
Using a three-wheel design, Benz used steel tubing, wood panels, and solid rubber tires with steel spokes. Steering was accomplished via a pivoting toothed rack that connected to the front wheel. The vehicle also contained the very lightweight Benz 954 single cylinder 4-stroke engine. After his first prototype, Benz developed two others, as well.
The Benz Patent Motorwagen is widely believed to be the first automobile. Benz’s wife, Bertha, sought to publicize her husband’s invention. To do so, she set out without Benz’s knowledge on a “long-distance” drive in Patent Motorwagen No 3 in August of 1888. She drove 60 miles to her mother’s house, telegraphed her husband of her success, and then returned home three days later.
When the Karl Benz joined forces with Gottlieb Daimler in1926, the Mercedes-Benz brand was born. Daimler had produced a vehicle in 1901 called the Daimler Mercedes, leading to the Mercedes half of the Mercedes-Benz name.