The “Motorwagen”–Invented and patented by Karl Benz in 1886, it’s generally agreed to be the very first automobile with an internal combustion engine. From Wikipedia: 

The first Motorwagen used the Benz 954 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine. This new engine produced 23 horsepower (0.50 kW) at 250 rpm in the Patent-Motorwagen, although later tests by the University of Mannheim showed it to be capable of .9 hp (0.67 kW) at 400 rpm

.9 horsepower–that’s not even one full horse! Can you even FATHOM that thing powering even a modern small car?

why are female drivers viewed with suspicion when the first car driver ever was this lady called Bertha Benz?

[Side note: Her husband Karl Benz invented the automobile but wasn’t confident enough about it. His wife, who supported him, wanted to show him that his invention is really good. One day she woke up, literally stole her husband’s automobile and drove with her two kids to visit her mother. This woman was a baller because there were of course no gasolines or services on the way back then. Though she drove 106 km (66 miles)! She even invented brake lining.]

«Seguir un solo camino es retroceder.»

El maestro Ígor Fiódorovich Stravinski y un servidor os sugerimos un fin de semana en el que gozar de “nadar a contracorriente”, ser una “oveja negra” o un “perro verde”. El placer y la diversión, como en las prendas de ropa, mejor a medida… ¡Feliz viernes!

Fotografía de Bertha Benz, primera persona en realizar un trayecto largo en automóvil de la historia (104 Km desde Mannheim a Pforzheim en 1888). Su esposo, el inventor del vehículo, no supo nada de la hazaña hasta que Bertha volvió.


Bertha Benz, business partner and wife of automobile magnate Karl Benz, was the first person to drive an automobile (the Benz Patent Motorwagen, considered to be the first automobile) over a long distance (106km) on this date in 1888.  Bertha helped finance Karl’s work before their marriage and continued to help develop the motorcar, not least of all during her 1888 roadtrip (including, among other things, inventing brake lining when the brakes needed repairing, using a hatpin to clean the fuel pipe, and insulating a wire with her garter).  What a frau.  You should travel the Bertha Benz Memorial Route between Mannheim and Pforzheim next time you’re in Baden-Württemberg–just don’t forget your hatpins and garters.

Stamp details:
Top left:
Issued on: April 15, 1982
From: Bonn, West Germany
MC #1123

Top right:
Issued on: May 5, 2011
From: Berlin, Germany
MC #2867

Middle left:
Issued on: January 1, 1939
From: Berlin, Germany
MC #686

Middle right:
Issued on: July 3, 1961
From: Bonn, West Germany
MC #364

Bottom left:
Issued on: February 15, 1936
From: Berlin, Germany
SC #471

Bottom right:
Issued on: December 1, 2005
From: Tokyo, Japan
MC #3918

July 3rd, 1886 - Karl Benz Unveils the First Automobile

Did you know that the first “road trip” was made by a woman?

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen (or motorcar), built in 1886, is widely regarded as the first automobile; that is, a vehicle designed to be propelled by an internal combustion engine. The original cost of the vehicle in 1885 was $1,000 (equivalent to $26,248 in 2015).

The vehicle was awarded the German patent, number 37435, for which Karl Benz applied on January 29th, 1886. Following official…

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On 3rd July 1886,  Karl Benz officially unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen: The first purpose-built automobile. The original Benz Patent-Motorwagen cost of the vehicle in 1885 was $1,000 (equivalent to $26,248 in 2015). About 25 Patent Motorwagens were built between 1886 and 1893.