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Karl Friedrich Benz   1844-1929

By H. Wieand Bowman and Robert J. Gottlieb

In 1885, German mechanical engineer Karl Benz perfected a two-cycle, benzol-powered engine which he installed and drove successfully in a three-wheel vehicle. In 1888 he began selling his automobile to the public making it the first commercially available in history. In 1926 Benz merged with Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft forming Daimler-Benz. Karl Benz remained a member of the firm’s board of management for the rest of his life.
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