Karl Benz and the Modern Automobile

Timeline created by Ause
  • Birth

    Karl Fredrich Benz was born, his name was given to him after his father who died in a locomotive accident.
  • School

    Although he was somewhat poor, his mother strongly pushed him to do well in school, and prized education.
  • Insperation

    Following in his father's footsteps, Karl decide to go into the locomotive field of work, there he thought about a "horseless carriage"
  • Manufacturing Jobs

    At first he went into the field as a draftman and a designer at a factory in Mannheim Germany. He lost that job and didn't find much success in that field.
  • Early Ideas

    He patented the speed regulation system, the ignition using white power sparks with battery, the spark plug, the carburetor, the clutch, the gear shift, and the water radiator.
  • Marriage

    He married Bertha Ringer and had five children with her in his lifetime.
  • Benz & Cie. and the Benz Patent Motorwagen

    In 1883 he founded his company, and his first vehical was the Motorwagen. It was the first vehical designed to power itself, rather than just a motorized horse carriage.
  • The first automobile factory

    Increased demand forced Mr. Benz to create a factory.
  • The first ever roadtrip.

    In 1888 his wife, Bertha Benz on the morning of August 5, 1888, took his vehicle on a 66 mile trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim to visit her mother, taking her sons Eugen and Richard with her.
  • First Production Car

    First ever car to be mass produced was the Velo, it was also part of the first ever automobile race.
  • First ever truck

    This vehical was also modified to become the first ever bus.
  • Top Speed!

    A new car with a revolutionary verticle twin engine, it hit an extreme 37 mph!
  • Fastest thing ever

    In 1909, the Blitzen Benz was built in Mannheim by Benz & Cie. The bird-beaked vehicle had a 21.5-liter ,200 hp engine, and on November 9, 1909 in the hands of Victor Hémery of France, the land speed racer at Brooklands, set a record 141.94 mph!
  • Hard Times

    The great times his Germany hard, not many people could afford a car.
  • Death

    Karl Benz died at home in Ladenburg at the age of eighty-four from a bronchial inflammation.