1897

  • 30 June 1897
  • The first motorised taxi, a Daimler Victoria with taximeter, is delivered to Stuttgart-based operator Friedrich Greiner. His Motorised Carriage Service duly becomes the first motorised taxi company.
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  • July 1897
  • Benz & Cie. delivers the first unit of the Break model. This open vehicle for 12 passengers is powered by a 15 hp / 11 kW two-cylinder engine. By the end of the year a further two-cylinder car is available – the Benz Dos-à-Dos. It is equipped with an opposed-piston engine which develops 5 hp / 3.7 kW and is christened by Carl Benz the Contra engine, on account of its pistons being arranged opposite each other.
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  • 30 September 1897
  • Mitteleuropäischer Motorwagen-Verein, Germany's first automobile club, is established in Berlin. Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz are co-founders.
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  • 16 October 1897
  • Businessman Emil Jellinek, who has residences in Baden (near Vienna) and Nice, takes delivery of his first Daimler automobile, which he had ordered on an earlier visit to Cannstatt. Not long after, he establishes himself as a salesman of Daimler cars and urges Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft to develop ever faster and more powerful cars.
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  • 3 November 1897
  • An all-metal airship designed by Hungarian inventor David Schwarz, equipped with a 12 hp / 9 kW Daimler engine, sets off on ist maiden flight from Tempelhofer Feld. But the world's first rigid airship is destroyed on landing. Pilot Ernst Jagels escapes the crash with minor injuries.
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  • 24 December 1897
  • A patent application is filed for the tubular radiator developed by Wilhelm Maybach (patent no. DRP 104 718). This innovative design represents an important milestone in automotive development. The radiator makes its debut in the Phoenix, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft’s first passenger car with front-mounted engine.
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  • December 1897
  • Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft develops a delivery vehicle range entitled "Daimler Geschäftswagen” (Daimler business vehicle). It embraces five models with 3 hp / 2.2 kW, 4 hp / 3 kW, 6 hp / 4.4 kW, 8 hp / 6 kW and 10 hp / 7.4 kW designed for payloads between 500 kg and 2000 kg.
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