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The birth certificate of the automobile was issued 125 years ago today

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January 28, 2011

Hero image - German Patent No. 37435 was applied for by Karl Benz on January 29, 1886

Hero image - German Patent No. 37435 was applied for by Karl Benz on January 29, 1886

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On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz filed a Patent No. 37435 at the Reich Patent Office in Berlin – it is generally regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile and became the first of over 80,000 patents to the Mercedes Benz marque. Benz’ Patent Motor Car was equipped with a horizontal single-cylinder four-stroke engine, which developed an output of 0.55 kW at 400 rpm from a displacement of 954 cubic centimetres. The vehicle’s top speed was 16 km/h. Happy birthday to the automobile and congratulations to the company which today remains at the forefront of personal transportation. Extensive detailed imagesed with a horizontal single-cylinder four-stroke engine, which developed an output of 0.55 kW at 400 rpm from a displacement of 954 cubic centimetres. The vehicle’s top speed was 16 km/h. Happy birthday to the automobile and congratulations to the company which today remains at the forefront of personal transportation.

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The automobile was, at first, not appreciated much at all. In England, its speeds were limited to about 3 mph and a man had to walk in front warning of its coming so as to prepare horse and buggy riders for possible bolting of the horses. At the turn of the 20th century, the auto was still not much appreciated as people used to throw rocks and bottles at them as they passed by.

Adrian Akau
31st January, 2011 @ 08:36 am PST
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