Benz Velo

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Benz Velo
Manufacturer Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie.
Production 1894–1901
Designer Karl Benz
Body and chassis
Class small car
Body style phaeton
Layout RR layout
Engine 1,045 cc (64 cu in)single cylinder
Transmission 2- speed manual,3-speed manual,3-speed+reverse manual(optionally from 1896;from 1900 both were included in the series)
Wheelbase 1,340 mm (53 in)
Length 2,250–2,400 mm (89–94 in)
Width 1,250 mm (49 in)
Height 1,350 mm (53 in)
Predecessor Benz Patent Motorwagen number 3
Successor Benz Patent Motorwagen Ideal
Benz Velo at the Toyota Automobile Museum

Karl Benz patented the three-wheeled Patent Motorwagen on 29 January 1886 and produced it as the first commercially available automobile from 1886 through 1893. He followed this initial success with the introduction of the Benz Velo model of 1894. The Velo and the Duryea Motor Wagon, patented in 1895, are credited as the first series production cars. 67 Benz Velos were built in 1894 and 134 in 1895. The early Velo had a 1.05L 1.5 hp engine and later a 3 hp engine giving a top speed of 12 mph (19 km/h).

The Velo also inspired numerous copies, including Marshall(laterBelsize) in Manchester,[1] Star (Wolverhampton),[2] and Arnold (Paddock Wood, of which only twelve were built).[2]

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  1. ^ G.N. Georgano Cars: Early and Vintage, 1886-1930. (London: Grange-Universal, 1990), p.24 caption.
  2. ^ a b G.N. Georgano, p.24 caption.

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