1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015
Lot 560
1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen
Engine no. 16015
Sold for €74,750 (US$ 80,445) inc. premium

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1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015 1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen  Engine no. 16015
1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen
Engine no. 16015
Fils d’un mécanicien des chemins de fer et pionnier des temps héroïques de l’automobile, Karl Benz construisit son premier véhicule à moteur – un tricycle à moteur monocylindrique – en 1885 après des années d’expérimentation des moteurs à gaz. En janvier 1886, Benz devint le premier homme détenteur d’un brevet couvrant une « automobile ».

La firme Benz prospéra grâce à sa réputation de constructeur de voitures fiables et confortables, ne cédant à sa rivale, Daimler, qu’au début des années 1900. À cette époque, les voitures Mercedes de cette dernière avaient dépassé celles de Benz à la fois en matière de conception et de performance, situation à laquelle Benz remédia bientôt en présentant une nouvelle gamme de modèles à quatre cylindres qui allaient replacer la marque en bonne position pour des années et lui fournir la base de quelques voitures de compétition très réussies.

Une des 3,093 voitures de tourisme produites par son usine de Mannheim en 1912, cette 8/10 HP « Sports Wagen » est équipée d’un moteur quatre cylindres à soupapes latérales de deux litres accouplé à une boîte à quatre rapports. Le prix du châssis nu était de 6,500 DM et la carrosserie coûtait 650 DM de plus. Cette séduisante deux-places qui dégage beaucoup de charme avec son superbe radiateur en laiton et son bel écusson se présente en très bel état. Nous sommes informés du fait que la carrosserie a bénéficié d’une rénovation cosmétique avec réfection de l’intérieur en cuir et de la peinture dans la couleur nationale des voitures de course allemandes.

Cette magnifique Benz ne pourra que combler son futur propriétaire par des heures de plaisir de conduire un rare ancêtre d’une des marques le plus chargée d’histoire au monde. Bien que résidant en Union Européenne, la voiture est offerte sans documents.

1912 Benz 8/20hp Sports Wagen
Engine no. 16015

One of the heroic figures of the automobile’s pioneering age, Karl Benz, the son of a railway mechanic, built his first powered vehicle - a single-cylinder tricycle - in 1885 following years of experimentation with gas engines. In January 1886 Benz became the first man to be granted a patent for an ‘automobile’.

Benz flourished thanks to a reputation for producing reliable and comfortable cars, only losing ground to rival Daimler in the early 1900s. By this time the latter's Mercedes cars had outstripped those of Benz in both design and performance, a situation Benz rectified with a new range of four-cylinder models that would stand the company in good stead for many years and form the basis of some highly successful racers.

One of 3,093 passenger cars produced by Benz at its Mannheim factory in 1912, this 8/20hp ‘Sports Wagen’ is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, side-valve engine driving via a four-speed gearbox. The chassis price was 6,500 DM and the body cost 650 DM extra. This eye-catching two-seater has considerable charm, with its gorgeous brass radiator and beautiful badge, and presents very well. We are advised that the body has undergone cosmetic refurbishment, receiving a re-upholstered leather interior and a re-spray in its appropriate national racing colours livery.

An Edwardian-era example of one of the world’s most historic brands, this beautiful Benz will surely give the fortunate new owner many miles of driving pleasure. Although resident in the EU, the car is offered without documents.
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