1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen (replica)
This working replica of an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen is one of the most significant automobiles in transportation history, but you might not know that by looking at it.
"The 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen was the first commercially available automobile ever offered," states an interpretive display at the Danville-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where it is displayed on the second floor.
"Karl Benz, the vehicle's creator, used his love of bicycles as inspiration for the design. He applied for and received a patent in 1886 as an automobile fueled by gas.
"Seen here is a working replica of the original. Utilizing a rear-mounted, single-cylinder four-stroke .75hp engine, the Motorwagen can achieve 25mpg and have a top speed of 8mph.
"It boasts solid rubber tires, large steel-spoked wheels and a single-speed transmission.
"Although extremely simple by today's standards, it was revolutuionary at the time and the father of automotive innovation."
Thank you, to Blackhawk, for featuring this replica. It is a history lesson just looking at it.
The one-cylinder engine was 984cc with .75hp @ 400rpm. When new, it cost $600 deutsche marks (at the value accorded in 1885).
The body/coachbuilder and the manufacturer was Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie. from Mannheim, Germany.