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
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
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
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