Benz Modell No. 1

In spite of many set backs the goal of building a motor vehicle was persistently pursued by Carl Benz over a period of many years, during which time his small gas engine factory was threatened by bankruptcy more than once. The first result of his efforts was the Benz three-wheeler, the first automobile in the world. It was powered by a lying 1-cylinder engine with an output of 0.9 hp at 400 rpm. Economically, however, the "Motorenveloziped" and its successor, the "Victoria", were both failures. The break-through Benz had hoped for was finally accomplished with the third model, the "Velo".

The specimen in the Technik Museum Sinsheim is a fully functional true-to-the-original replica of the famous Benz three-wheeler from 1886.