1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen ReplicaSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 and 21, 2011. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 954 CC Horizontal Single-Cylinder, Water-Cooled Engine Sleeve-Valve Evaporative Carburetor 0.75 BHP at 400 RPM Dual Rear-Wheel, Lever-Actuated Brakes Variable-Torque, Belt-Drive, Single Speed Transmission Dual-Chain Final Drive Full-Elliptical Leaf-Spring Rear Suspension About this Car: On November 2, 1886, in Mannheim, Germany, Karl Benz was granted patent 37435 for his Motorwagen, earning it recognition as the first self-propelled, four-stroke, internal combustion engine-powered, self-contained motor vehicle. Along with the Duryea in America and Gottlieb Daimler?s four-wheeled carriage, the Motorwagen represents the dawn of motoring as we know it today. Being the first scratch-built, gasoline-powered automobile, Benz incorporated many significant attributes to the design. It featured a ?high speed? engine, operating at the then-unheard-of speed of 400 rpm when developing its three-quarter horsepower output. The rear axle incorporated a differential, the engine had mechanically operated valves and the rack-and-pinion steering it employed has proven its efficiency and accuracy throughout the history of the automobile. Other than generating electricity, the Patent-Motorwagen designed by Karl Benz had all the characteristics of an automobile built today, albeit reduced to their minimal essentials. Karl Benz?s marvelous invention gained much-needed publicity when his wife Bertha, acting as driver, navigator and mechanic, set off in a Patent-Motorwagen with her two sons to visit her hometown of Pforzheim, some 50 miles away; the outbound leg of the trip took a full day. Upon her return to Mannheim, word of her groundbreaking accomplishment spread, and about two dozen three-wheeled Patent- Motorwagens were sold to customers before being succeeded by the first large-scale production car ? the four-wheeled Benz ?Velo.? After 125 years of automotive history, it is clear that the Patent-Motorwagen demonstrated the value and practicality of powered mobility. It was one of the foundations of the largest single industry in the world and of one of the world?s most important industrial companies. Among the 100 commemorative Patent- Motorwagens built collaboratively by British firm John Bentley Engineering in the UK and Daimler-Benz, this particular one is distinguished as the last example produced and carries the chassis number JB 100. In 1998, Mr. Bentley personally presented this final ?Patentwagen? to its owner, a private Northwest collector. Upon delivery, and as coachmaker, Mr. Bentley discreetly signed his name and acknowledged this unit as number 100 of 100. In addition, this example is notable because the owner worked tirelessly over a period of nearly one year to secure a proper title for this vehicle. Ordinarily being traded on a simple Bill of Sale, this Patentwagen is now titled and licensed as an 1886 Benz. It has been carefully maintained as a centerpiece among the consignor?s significant Northwest collection of Mercedes- Benz cars, and has been started and driven on occasion, never failing to fascinate invited guests. As the 60th annual Pebble Beach Concours d?Elegance marks the 125th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz Company, it is important to recognize that their achievements are founded onthe1886Patent-Motorwagen.

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as of 12/24/2011

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Car 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen Replica
VIN JB 100 
Exterior / Interior Color      Black /      Tan 
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