Working Model of First Automobile Built by Karl Benz, Presented to Henry Ford in 1938

Summary

The automobile's invention cannot be traced to any one person, place or moment in time. However, historians generally credit the Benz Motorwagen, built in Germany by engineer Karl Benz in 1885, with being the first self-propelled vehicle designed around the internal combustion engine. This one-fifth scale replica was given to Henry Ford by Daimler-Benz Company on Ford's 75th birthday.

The automobile's invention cannot be traced to any one person, place or moment in time. However, historians generally credit the Benz Motorwagen, built in Germany by engineer Karl Benz in 1885, with being the first self-propelled vehicle designed around the internal combustion engine. This one-fifth scale replica was given to Henry Ford by Daimler-Benz Company on Ford's 75th birthday.

Artifact

Model (Representation)

Date Made

1938

Creators

Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft 

Place of Creation

Germany, Stuttgart 

Creator Notes

Built in 1938 by apprentices of the Mannheim Works of the Daimler-Benz Company in Stuttgart, Germany. It is a 1/5 size working model of the first automobile built by Karl Benz in 1885.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

38.504.1

Material

Metal
Brass (Alloy)
Leather
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 19 in

Width: 22 in

Length: 40 in

Inscriptions

Plate below seat on right: MINIATUR MODEL OF / THE FIRST PRACTICALLY USEFUL / ROAD VEHICLE / WITHINTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND PETROL ACTION / CAPABLE OF FURTHER DEVELOPMENT BUILT BY / CARL BENZ, MANNHEIM IN 1885 / TECHNICAL DATA OF THE ORIGINAL MODEL IN THE GERMAN MUSEUM / IN MUNICH: / OUTPUT: 3/4 P.S. R.P.M.: 436 / CYLINDER CAPACITY: 950 CCM SPEED: 16 KM PER HOUR

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