The first car

June 28, 2012 | In: Car History


In 1887, the first Daimler car is produced. It’s not really what you expect from a car… it’s more like a wagon with a motor underneath. But, it still was the first 4 wheel+ motor vehicle in the world.

The vehicle had an innovating cooling system which you can find on most cars even to this day. In Daimler’s motor, the water circulates around the block motor, preventing it to overheat. This motor had only one cylinder and could reach 10 miles/ hour. By 1899, Daimler’s main opponent, Karl Benz, became the biggest car producer in the world. In the same year, an important Austrian man, Emile Jellinek saw how a Daimler Phoenix won the Nisa race, in France. He was so impressed by the car, that he ordered 36 vehicles, if the manufacturer promises to deliver bigger and faster cars. Daimler improved the cars, making them lower and putting wider tires, for better handling. It had 4 gears and could reach 47 miles an hour. During this process, the company changed its name to Mercedes. The first Mercedes had a 4 cylinder motor and is considered to be the first modern vehicle in history. In its first years, the Mercedes broke the speed barrier of 49 miles an hour, making it the fastest vehicle on the planet and by 1905 Mercedes cars could reach almost 110 miles per hour.

Although Benz didn’t very much like car racing, he soon realized that he needed to compete with Daimler. For the next 20 years, Daimler and Benz competed in different races, until in 1926, they merged into Mercedes-Benz.


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