Bertha Benz makes the world's first long-distance journey in a car

  • Date
    August 1888
  • Description
    Bertha Benz and her two sons, Eugen and Richard, together undertake the first long-distance journey in automotive history. Aboard "Model 3", the series version of the Patent Motor Car, they drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim via Heidelberg, Bruchsal and Durlach – a total distance of about 100 kilometres. After spending five days in Pforzheim the trio returns to Mannheim via Bretten and Bruchsal.
Portrayal, 1888. Bertha Benz with her sons Eugen and Richard during their long-distance journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim with the Benz Patent Motor Car
Long-distance journey, 1888