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World’s First Car

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World's First Car

The world’s first car, a petrol driven automobile, was produced by Benz in 1885.

The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Karl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1879. 

With commercial success, of this engine, Benz worked on his dream of creating a lightweight car powered by a gasoline engine, in which the chassis and engine formed a single unit.

Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and engineer and pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

An American, George B. Selden filed for a patent on May 8, 1879 for not only the engine but also its use in a 4-wheeled car. Selden filed a series of amendments to his application which stretched out the legal process, resulting in a delay of 16 years before the patent was granted on November 5, 1895.

Karl Benz, the inventor of numerous car-related technologies, received a German patent in 1886.

The four-stroke petrol (gasoline) internal combustion engine was a creation of Nikolaus Otto. 

A similar four-stroke diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel.

Daksha Shah

Daksha is an integral part of the editorial team at Zigya. Armed with a B.Tech degree, she oversees content quality assurance for Biology. Her subtle wit, observation skills and agile demeanour bring the buzz in the editorial team and ensures meeting stiff deadlines. An astute blogger, when not working Daksha prefers to spend her time with her canine companion, Spiky. Follow her work at

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