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1888 Type 3 With Carl Benz.

Myklassic News! Carl Benz develops the first stationary gasoline engine.

Carl Benz built a one-cylinder two-stoke unit that ran for the first time on New Years Eve 1879. Benz had so much success with the engine that he developed a car where the chassis and engine formed one unit.

The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and three wire-spoked wheels. The engine output was 0.75 hp (0.55 kW). Details included an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with spark plug, and water/thermo siphon evaporation cooling.

On January 29, 1886, Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – may be regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1.

1888 Benz Patent In Color.

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