130 years ago

  • April 1894
  • With the Motor Velocipede ("Velo"), Benz & Cie. adds a very reasonably priced compact model to its sales range. The Benz Velo becomes the world's first volume-produced automobile: a total of 1,200 units in all variants are built up to 1901.
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  • 16 - 22 July 1894
  • Theodor von Liebieg undertakes remarkable long-distance journey in his Benz Victoria. The 939-km route starts from Reichenberg in Bohemia and continues via Mannheim to Gondorf, on the Moselle river. After a brief excursion to the French city of Reims, Liebieg sets out on the return journey from Gondorf on 22 August, arriving in Reichenberg nine days later.
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  • 22 July 1894
  • The first competitive automobile race takes place as an endurance test between Paris and Rouen. Of the 21 entrants lining up at the start, 15 make it to the finish – including nine vehicles powered by Panhard-Levassor engines produced under Daimler licence and a 3 hp / 2.2 kW Benz Vis-à-Vis.
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  • 10 October 1894
  • Gottlieb Daimler leaves Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and officially relinquishes his role as shareholder. He and Wilhelm Maybach continue their work on furthering the development of the automobile at the Hotel Hermann in Cannstatt.
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