Benz Velo

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Benz Velo
Manufacturer Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie.
Production 1894–1901
Designer Karl Benz
Layout RR layout
Engine 1L single cylinder
Transmission 3 speed auto
Predecessor Benz Patent Motorwagen
Benz Velo at the Toyota Automobil 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 standardized cars. 67 Benz Velos were built in 1894 and 134 in 1895. The early Velo had a 1L 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 (later Belsize) 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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