Karl Benz Collin Coyne

My Name is Karl Benz. I was born on November 25, 1844 in Karlsruhe Germany.I was born into a poor family but my mother always insisted that I got the best education i could. I was a good student and soon got accepted to the Karlsruhe institute of technology. I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and wanted to use it to chase my dream of building the first automobile.

The first step was to start work on new engine types. Soon after i started my work a completed the first internal combustion engine and had it patented. This was a huge moment in my life because it made me gain recognition and new money to build the first car. Some important patents that i created with this engine that are still used today are the ignition, the clutch, the spark plug, the radiator and a gearbox.

My main goal with all these inventions was to work my way up to chase my dream of building a "horseless carriage". The 3 wheel vehicle was soon ready and i called it the benz patent motor wagon. This was the first true automobile that generated its own power. This was one of my greatest inventions. Soon after i made an improved version called the model 3 which was shown in the Paris world fair and quickly gained recognition.

There were numerous technical problems with these early vehicles, but they were quickly overcome. After ww1 and an economic crisis My brand decided to team up with other leaders. I teamed up with my old partners, Gottleib Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach and combined to form the daimler benz company. After the merge, all new vehicles were called "Mercedes Benz" in honor of one of the most importand DMG cars, the mercedes 35hp. This is where this name came from and is still in use today. I was in the supervisory board of Daimler AG from 1926 until i passed away in 1929. My invention of the automobile has changed the world and im glad to leave my legacy with Mercedes Benz, one of the largest and best car companies that is still active.


Created with images by bsabarnowl - "3174 Benz Model" • Gillett's Crossing - "Benz Dogcart (RX997) of 1900, Museum of Science & Industry, Birmingham 21.1.1995 Scans128"

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