For Sale: 1890 Daimler Automobile in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1886 Daimler Four Wheel Automobile Replica


Independently of each other, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler each produced an automobile in 1886, both in Germany, about 60 miles apart. About sixty miles away in Mannheim, Karl Benz built an automobile using an integral design for a motorized vehicle with one of his own engines. He was granted a patent for his Motorwagen on 29 January 1886. When this proved the engine capable of driving a vehicle, Daimler devised a 1.1 hp single and ordered a Wimpff und Soehne four-seater phaeton to house it. Daimler's engine was installed by Maschinenfabrik Esslingen and drove the rear wheels through a dual-ratio belt drive.

For consignment a reproduction of the car considered the great grandfather of the 4-wheel automobile formally known as the Daimler Motorcoach. With the original being lost in a fire, a replica sits in the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart and this car is an exact copy of that replica. An interesting piece of pre Mercedes-Benz joint venture.

Exterior and Interior
Looking more like a carriage than an actual automobile, this 4 wheel coach has been hand built from the replica of the original Daimler Motorcoach which resides in Germany. Our builder and consigner took painstaking measures to replicate the original(replica!) Constructed of lacquered wood painted a beautiful black then gold leafed, it shows in 2 bench seater configuration. Tufted and buttoned horsehair stuffed leather benches with padded backs are able to accommodate 4 passengers. The rear passengers will need to contend with the engine which takes up floorspace on the rear. Extra large brass and steel headlamps which are lit by an internal candle wick, and utilizes mirrors and lenses light your way in night conditions. Steering is accomplished by turning a 4 paddle wood fanlike wheel, which moves the entire front axle and wheels towards the direction one wants to go. Steel rimmed large carriage wheels with wood spokes, beautifully detailed in black lacquer and more gold leaf with pin striping give this car a beautiful nostalgic look.

From a distance the engine appears period correct and ready to run. Upon closer inspection we notice the engine is a wooden replica. Beautiful work if I do say so myself.

Literally under this carriage, we see the drive belt and gears, leaf spring suspension and even a manual rear brake which is a rubber pad pushing against the steel wheel surround. Steel mixed with brass along with the black lacquer paint and gold leaf, and we now have the 1886 version of the Daimler Motorcoach

A true piece of early automotive history hand built utilizing all the materials available at the time we have a genuine automobile (auto=no horse, mobile= movement) right here at Classic Auto Mall.


Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1890 Daimler Automobile
  • Listing ID: CC-1390653
  • Price: $29,000
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1890
  • Make:Daimler
  • Model:Automobile
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:2146
  • VIN:Bill of Sale
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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