Karl Benz was a mechanical engineer who was a native of Germany. He designed and built what is considered the first practical motorcar. He named his creation the Benz Patent Motorwagen for which he was granted a patent on January 29th 1886. The automobile was the forerunner of the modern day Mercedes-Benz motorcars.
Karl Friedrich Benz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1844. He was educated locally and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe on July 9th 1864. He co-founded the company Benz & Cie which merged with Daimler Motors in 1926.
The new company was called Daimler-Benz, which is now part of Daimler AG. The company produces the Mercedes-Benz motorcars, one of the largest automobile brands in the world. Mercedes was the name of a daughter of Emil Jellinek of Daimler Motors.
Karl Benz, who designed and built what is considered the first practical motorcar, was born in the year 1844 On This Day.