1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen


Original price: 600 imperial Deutsche marks for the prototype

Price, as tested: about $60,000

Powertrain: Gas-powered 0.954-liter, four-stroke, water-cooled one-cylinder horizontal engine with open crankcase and cast-iron flywheel; pushrod actuated, with sliding intake valve and poppet exhaust valves; belt-drive to countershaft with idle and fixed disc and integrated differential; rear-wheel drive with fixed-ratio chain drive.

Horsepower: 0.75 at 400 rpm

Curb weight: 584 pounds

0-18 mph:

45 seconds


57 inches

Overall length:

106.3 inchesHeight: 57.1 inches

Fuel economy:

25 miles per gallon

Final thoughts: A star is born