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Mercedes poster, 1960s

History: Carl Benz gets patent for gasoline car in 1886

Mercedes poster, 1960s

History: Carl Benz gets patent for gasoline car in 1886
On this day in 1886, German engineer Carl Friedrich Benz received the first patent for a gasoline-powered vehicle. Benz had begun to work on the two-stroke (or two-cycle) engine in 1878. Benz & Co. was formed in 1883 and its first motor car rode through the streets of Mannheim, Germany in July of 1886.

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