Karl Freidrich Benz
Inventor of the modern Automobile
November 5th, 1844 - April 4th, 1929
Karl was married on July 20th, 1872 to Bertha Ringer. Together they had five children; 2 sons and 3 daughters, named Eugen, Richard, Clara, Ellen, and Thilde.
Karl's first automobile that was run by an internal combustion engine was a three wheeled vehicle constructed in 1871. He later returned to the traditional 4 wheeled carriage, and made better sales because of it.
Automobile changes history
The Automobile made getting people, goods or merchandise from place to place a lot faster than walking or traveling by horse. The "car" was also controlled by you, unlike a train, which benefited to many people in the late 19th century. Karl founded Benz and company, an automobile company that commercially sold cars to the public and made many lives easier.
The first engine in the new Automobile
- First ran on New Years Eve, 1879
- One cylinder, two-stroke engine
- 0.50 Horsepower
Two seater high speed car engine specifications
- Single cylinder, four stroke combustion engine
- 0.75 Horsepower
- Automatic intake slide, controlled exhaust valve
- Electric ignition with a spark plug
- Completed in 1885
Karl Benz passed away on April 4th, 1929 in his home. He is remembered today, with his company, Mercedes-Benz, still thriving in the Automotive industry. They are breaking out with cutting-edge new technology in their cars, including a heartbeat sensor inside the steering wheel that can sense if you are having a stroke. The sensor will call an ambulance and will assist in pulling you to the side of the road.