In 1886 Karl Benz designed and built the first vehicle intended from the ground up to be powered by an internal combustion gasoline engine.

Versions of this Tri-Car were produced for a number of years in several variations. It has a number of features still found in automobiles today: water-cooled engine, electric ignition, mechanically operated inlet valves and differential gear rear end.

Specifications: Wheelbase 1,450 mm; front wheel 730 mm diameter, rear wheels 1,125 mm diameter, weight 265 kg. Engine horizontal, four-cycle, single-cylinder, water-cooled; bore 116 mm., stroke 160 mm., displacement 1600 cc., 3/4 hp.

Accession no. 1991P01

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