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Karl Benz
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Automaker
    (November 25, 1844-April 4, 1929)
    Born in Karlsruhe, Germany
    Birth name was Karl Friedrich Michael Vaillant
    Patented a two-stroke internal combustion engine (1879)
    Founded Benz & Company Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik (1883)
    Built the Benz Patent Motorwagen (1885)
    First automaker to sell cars to the public (1888)
    Designed the two-passenger Victoria for mass production (1893)
    He used his wife's dowry to buy out an early business partner.
    His first Motorwagen was difficult to steer and collided with a wall during a demonstration.
    His early cars also lacked gears and could not climb hills unaided.
    When Benz & Company hired French engineers to improve their designs, he resigned from active participation in the company as a protest (1903).
    When he was two, his father died in a railway accident.
    At 15, he passed the entrance exam to study mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.
    He also patented the spark plug, carburetor, clutch, gear shift and water radiator.
    He was married to Bertha Ringer for 56 years until his death.

Credit: C. Fishel


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