1886-1986 Benz Patent-Motorwagen Centenary Replica

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Lot 1026
1886-1986 Benz Patent-Motorwagen Centenary Replica

Sold for £ 26,450 (US$ 35,418) inc. premium
1886-1986 Benz Patent-Motorwagen Centenary Replica
It was in the Autumn of 1885 that Carl Benz made history by driving his fragile three wheeler Motorwagen on its’ first faltering run, the German press declaring that ‘this engine – velocipede will make a strong appeal to a large circle, as it should prove itself quite practical and useful to doctors, travellers, and lovers of sport’.

Benz’s Patent of 29th January 1886 described the car as having a single cylinder engine with a vertical crankshaft, driving twin rear wheels and mounted on a tubular chassis with single speed drive belt and primitive braking by lever actuating a band brake on the countershaft. The 984cc engine was designed to run at 400rpm and developed around 0.9hp giving a top speed of approximately 8mph. This model is generally considered to be the forerunner of today’s motorcar.

This car is an accurate full scale replica built 100 years-or-so later by Bentley Engineering in Yorkshire to celebrate the centenary of Carl Benz’s historic trip. Kept in heated storage, we understand the car has been started in present ownership, and looks to be in as-new condition having previously, we understand, been displayed in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. An excellent life size working show piece.

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1886-1986 Benz Patent-Motorwagen Centenary Replica
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