When Karl Benz applied for a patent on January 29, 1886, for his "vehicle with gas engine operation," little did he realize that his invention would change the world. Patent DRP 37435 is regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. The Benz Patent Motor Car, test drives of which were already carried out in autumn 1885, was the world's first Automobile.
Exact in the tiniest details, it serves as the perfect centerpiece of any significant Mercedes-Benz collection or as brilliant static art in your living room. The vehicle is drivable just as the original was, and will delight both the driver and onlookers with its unique operation. It is both an homage and a unique opportunity to own an otherwise unobtainable piece of history—the very first automobile.
The finish work on this model is absolutely show quality in every way. From the beautifully finished wood to the polished brass and flawless paintwork, it truly is a piece able to be displayed as art rather than as a transportation appliance. It’s fascinating to see the primitive ancestors of many components that we may still recognize today, including the carburetor, differential and a very early version of the CVT (constantly variable transmission). No miles and has been housed in a private museum.
This is 1 of only 175 black replicas produced and built exclusively for Mercedes Benz of America. Each Mercedes Benz dealer was allocated only one to be displayed in their dealership in 2006 for the anniversary of the first Benz. This is a limited edition that comes up for sale infrequently.