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Did You Know: Benz's Historic Drive

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Every industry has a beginning. For the automobile, that history started in 1885 when Dr. Carl Benz built and patented the world’s first “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” Driven by a 1.0-litre, 954cc single-cylinder engine outputting a robust .75 horsepower married to a tubular steel frame chassis and three wire-spoked wheels, the first automobile was a mechanical marvel for its time.


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