Monday, March 13, 2017
1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen -- March 13, 2017
We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos.They hosted a working reproduction of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first automobile available for sale. Karl Benz and his associates in Mannheim built the tricycle with a four-stroke, one-cylinder gasolene engine. It has a single speed transmission with no reverse gear.
Karl's wife Bertha drove the car 106km to visit her mother, demonstrating that a woman, accompanied only by two children, could operate such a vehicle. Benz sold about 25 Motorwagens. Later models had reverse gears.
Single cylinder engines need large flywheels.