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Karl Benz on his car
Who invented the first car? The first car invented and built in 1885 and unveiled in 1886 by Karl Benz. The first car, Benz Patent Motorwagen, is the first car ever made in history powered by gasoline with an engine motorized by an internal combustion. Before 1885, there are some steam powered and electric powered car invented by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot and Robert Anderson, but Karl Benz’s invention is widely recognize as the first car or the first automobile in the history, which is, a vehicle designed to be propelled by a motor and powered by gasoline.

Benz Patent Motorwagen was awarded the German DRP No. 37435 on January 29, 1886. It seems like a far history from our automobile world today but the first car has reflect to approximately over 100,000 patents of modern car created today including antique cars, classic cars, muscle cars as well as some of the super exotic sports cars.

Design of the car

The Motorwagen was only a three-wheeled car, 1 smaller wheel in front and 2 bigger wheels at the back, with a very classic car seat made by wood and only capable for maximum of 2 people, 1 driver, and 1 passenger. A very small steering wheel that you will find it funny but it able to control the car well. Overall, the first car invented look quite elegant. As the technology we had more than a century ago is limited.

Engine of the car

The engine is not as basic as you think. The first Motorwagen used the Benz 954 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine which produced roughly 0.6 hp at 250 rpm. With this engine, the car accessed 11.81 mph (19 kmh) in 1886 and it had become one of the world fastest production car as well as first street legal car. Do not laugh, there are still some cars in the market today having the engine produce less than 900 cc.

Who invented the first car?

Karl Benz is the god father of all gasoline powered cars. He is widely recognized by the automobile history today. Before this, the first steam powered car was invented by Ferdinand Verbiest and it is said that the first ever car was made in China. Here by we have compile a list below for easier reading. The history can only be verified if we have the time machine back to the past to be the real witness. (See also another table at who invented the first car)

Year Invented Who Invented Car Description Country
1672 Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688)
  • Called the Verbiest’s car.
  • Powered by Steam.
  • It is said that he built the car in China.
1769 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725-1804)
  • First self-propelled vehicle.
  • Powered by Steam.
1806 Francois Isaac de Rivaz (1752-1828)
  • First successful internal combustion engine but it was never commercially successful.
1832-1839 Robert Anderson (19th century)
  • Invented the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable
  • primary power cells.
1881 Gustave Trouvé (1839-1902)
  • Designed and inventend the first ever car powered by electricity and also
  • demonstrated the car at an International Exhibition of Electricity in Paris.
1885/1886 Karl Friedich Benz (1844-1929)

Karl Benz

  • Designed and invented the first petrol-powered and pioneering founder of the automobile manufacture, Mercedes-Benz.
  • Here by we call him “god father of automobile”.

Benz Patent Motorwagen

After seeing all kind of cool pimped out carssports cars, super that available in the market today, don’t you feel amazing to see this first car invented?

first car Benz Motorwagen


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