via Periodismo de Motor

How common it is today to travel by car. It doesn’t matter if you don’t own one, companies like Uber, Lyft or taxis are one of the most used ways to travel.

The car gives you multiple facilities because of its speed, size, and comfort. Its beginning corresponds to the 19th century, specifically January 29th, 1886 when Karl Benz invented the first motorized carriage revolutionizing the way we travel since that moment.

The story began before 1886. Karl Benz was already a mechanical engineer who worked in a repair shop for cyclists. He was already creating an engine for a horseless carriage with the financial support of his wife Bertha.

Together, they created the manufacture Benz & Cie. In 1886 They demonstrated the first motor car ever working with an internal combustion engine which they called “The Motorwagen”. For the moment, it was tested just at close distances inside the city and on paved roads.

However, the most crucial year for the business was in 1888, thanks to an adventure made by Bertha without the consent of his husband Karl. Bertha took her two sons and the “Motorwagen” on a 64-mile trip to her mom’s house from Mannheim to Pforzheim.

Karl was adopting a very conservative attitude, raising concerns in others about the capacity of this automobile. Bertha accomplished her trip, hurdling various technical problems.

The car’s chain was ripped, and she fixed it with a garter. Also, the brake pads broke, the pipes clogged up and she ran out of fuel. She demonstrated an ability to overcome any possible problem reaching her mother’s home with everybody on board.

It is amazing how this heroic anecdote impacted and pushed the idea of the car traveling and, of course, the Benz “Motorwagen” as the ultimate vehicle.

The Motorwagen has the design of a tricycle, with a 943cc motor produced and 2/3 of a horsepower at 230 rpm Also, it worked with an internal combustion engine.

Even though many other engineers created some innovations that were used by Karl for its project, he and her wife took the final credit.