1886

  • 29 January 1886
  • Carl Benz applies for a patent for his three-wheeled "vehicle with gas engine". The Benz Patent Motor Car is the world's first petrol-powered automobile; German patent no. DRP 37 435, dated 2 November 1886, is regarded as its "birth certificate".
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  • 25 February 1886
  • Benz & Co. acquire a 3398 sq m property on Mannheim's Waldhofstrasse. On 24 July the new premises are extended by 588 sq m to a total of 3986 sq m. The site is urgently needed to expand the limited manufacturing capacity of the factory located in the centre of town. Construction of the workshops and a house for the Benz family begins without further ado.
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  • 8 March 1886
  • Gottlieb Daimler orders an "Americain" carriage from Stuttgart-based coachbuilder Wilhelm Wimpff & Sohn, ostensibly as a present for his wife Emma's forthcoming birthday.
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  • 3 July 1886
  • The Neue Badische Landeszeitung regional newspaper reports on the first public demonstration on the Mannheim ring road of the three-wheeler developed by Carl Benz.
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  • August 1886
  • Gottlieb Daimler begins tests on a motorboat on the River Neckar near Cannstatt. The boat is powered by his high-speed single-cylinder engine.
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  • 5 September 1886
  • Mannheim's local newspaper (Generalanzeiger der Stadt Mannheim) carries a lengthy report about the motor car developed by Carl Benz, announcing that "Herr Benz now intends to commence building such vehicles."
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