Mercedes-Benz Selling A Replica Of The First Car It Ever Made

A replica of the world’s first automobile, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, is being sold by Mercedes-Benz Classic.

The three-wheeled Patent-Motorwagen was built by Karl Benz in 1885 and sold for 600 German imperial marks, or just over $4000 in today’s money. The world received its first look at Benz’s creation on 3 July 1886, and over the following six years, approximately 25 units were produced.

Powering the Patent-Motorwagen was a 954 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine developed by Benz. Delivering a touch under 1 hp at 400 rpm, the engine was revolutionary for its time. However, later examples of the Patent-Motorwagen had more powerful engines, including one with a 2 hp powertrain that could propel the car to 10 mph (16 km/h).

This particular replica, currently for sale through the German marque’s All Time Stars sales specialists, was constructed in 2002 as part of a handful of replicas commissioned by Mercedes-Benz for museum and exhibit purposes.

No mileage details for the replica have been provided, but the company says it as “low mileage” and been kept in its original condition thanks to Mercedes-Benz Classic experts. Unfortunately, no asking price has been made public and it’s virtually impossible to accurately assess what a vehicle like this is worth.

Compared to a modern Mercedes-Benz, the Patent-Motorwagen looks totally foreign. Obviously, it only has three wheels and doesn’t feature an enclosed cabin. Instead, it simply features a leather seat that sits directly above the small combustion engine. The vehicle is also operated via hand controls rather than the pedals we’re accustomed to. Sure, it might look like ancient history to us, but try to imagine how it must have appeared to people at that time who were used to horses and horse-drawn carriages. Plus, this is where it all started…

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Some on here would lower it put some alloys on and turbo it.

  • Kagan

    4000$? How cheap it was! I would expect maybe 1000000$!

    3 months later Daimler patented his 4 wheeler. That changed it’s name to Mercedes. In the mid 20s they joined together and become Mercedes-Benz.

  • I think this is the only chance for you to get this replica, almost dozens of others were sent to Museum and Mercedes representatives in the world, and they had strict non selling agreement.

    I can’t imagine what the price is, decades ago one of the oldest car, De Dion Bouton from 1890s sold for almost a million dollar.

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    You can buy a replica at any time in Stuttgart in showroom next to the museum.


  • Jeff Archibald

    Perfect for an LS conversion.

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