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The first car ever running live! The Benz Motorwagen (1885)

This is rare footage of the world’s first car’s engine igniting & running.

After developing a successful gas-powered two-stroke piston engine in 1873, Karl Benz focused on developing a motorized vehicle. His Patent Motorwagen (or Motor Car), introduced in 1886, is widely regarded as the first purpose-built automobile, that is a vehicle designed from the ground up to be motorized. Benz unveiled it officially on July 3, 1886 on the Ringstra├če in Mannheim, Germany.

The vehicle was patented with German patent number 37435, which Benz applied for on January 29, 1886.

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