|The history of Mercedes-Benz or for short Mercedes (and sometimes even "Benz" or "Merc") is quite interesting. Mercedes is a German company founded in 1871. In the beginning, there were three people - Gottlieb Daimler together with Wilhelm Maybach and Karl Benz. Karl Benz and the other two were able to invent the automobile with internal combustion independently from each other. It is very interesting however that they were only sixty miles apart from each other in that time.|
Karl Benz was working in Mannheim. He had a shop there, which was the place where he invented the first real automobile driven by internal combustion. The year was 1885 and in the next year, Karl Benz was granted a patent for his new creation. The automobile was called "Benz Patent Motorwagen," it had three wheels, and the design reminds of a carriage hauled by horses perhaps because the main design model was taken from a carriage. The first engine Karl Benz patented in 1879 and it was designed by him.
by Tim Patterson
The First Practical Petrol Driven Car
It is widely accepted today that Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were the first to produce a "horseless carriage". Karl Benz was born in 1844, a descendant of blacksmiths and son of a German engine driver. Gottlieb Daimler, 10 years younger than Benz, became "chief engineer" in a locomotives works factory three years after Benz had left.?This was the closest the two ever came to meeting. Daimler's very first car was a wooden motorcycle that could only reach 12km/h, while the first Benz car of 1886 could only reach 15 km/h (this some six years after he had first run his new engine, on new year's eve, 1879).
And it is this car that is widely considered to be the first ever practical, petrol driven motor car, which coincidentally incorporated Benz's own invention, the carburettor. His wife and children watched as he tried it out for the first time on a cinder track next to his workshop.
The car ran right into the wall and ended up somewhat bent and broken. Benz admitted it was tricky to steer! "I ventured a ride on the road," he said "only after I had somehow managed to steer properly."
When he did succeed in driving his machine non-stop round the streets of the town, it was the most exciting day of his life. But unfortunately, Benz was a man who refused to move with the times. He would not see that his cars were no more than stepping stones towards better and improved vehicles.
His early cars sold well, but he could not bring himself to alter his basic design. Buyers turned to other makes, forcing Benz to curtail production. In 1900 he built over 600; in 1903, only 170. His car even became a joke among designers and car owners. No one doubts that Karl Benz was a gifted engineer, but his stubborn and obstinate nature nearly ruined him.
The first Mercedes was the result of a discussion by three
men, an Austrian diplomat, Emile Jellinek, who was more interested in cars than
diplomacy; a designer, Wilhelm Maybach; and Paul Daimler, son of the famous
Gottlieb Daimler. Jellinek was enthusiastic about the dawn of motoring age and
believed that the motor car was of major importance for the