Benz and Cie

Karl and Bertha's First Car Company

Legal Name
Benz & Company Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik
Established
around 1883
Defunct
June 28, 1926
Birth Place
Mannheim, Germany
Current Place
Germany

About

Karl Benz's lifelong hobby brought him to a bicycle repair shop in Mannheim owned by Max Rose and Friedrich Wilhelm E├člinger. In 1883, the three founded a new company producing industrial machines: Benz & Company Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik, usually referred to as, Benz & Cie.. Quickly growing to twenty-five employees, it soon began to produce static gas engines as well. The success of the company gave Benz the opportunity to indulge in his old passion of designing a horseless carriage.

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