• 3 April 1885
  • Gottlieb Daimler submits a patent application for an engine with vertical cylinder. Daimler developed the unit jointly with Wilhelm Maybach on the basis of his 1883 horizontal test engine. The single-cylinder engine, registered as patent no. DRP 34 926 on 1 April 1886, is no longer powered by gas but petrol. This first high-speed petrol engine is dubbed the "grandfather clock" on account of its shape.
  • 29 August 1885
  • Gottlieb Daimler registers a patent for a two-wheeled "vehicle with gas or petroleum engine" (patent no. DRP 36 423 issued on 11 August 1886). The test vehicle, producing 0.5 hp / 0.37 kW and also described as "petroleum riding car", is the world’s first motorcycle. On 10 November, Gottlieb Daimler's younger son Adolf undertakes a maiden journey from Cannstatt to Untertürkheim, reaching speeds of up to 12 km/h.