07 May And Now There are Seven
Last month, we said five new cars would be added to the Museum’s collection, but this month the number is seven!
That’s right – Founder Gunther Buerman just couldn’t resist two more for the World Car Gallery: a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS and this Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is significant for personal as well as historical reasons:
- The Benz Patent-Motorwagen is widely regarded as the first motor car.
- Gunther had always heard stories about it while growing up in Mannheim, Germany where his mother’s great uncle helped to develop the car with Karl Benz.
- Benz’s wife, Bertha, was the first driver. She financed the car’s development for her husband and in 1888, without his knowledge, drove the car round-trip from Mannheim to her hometown of Pforzheim, a total of 60 miles each way. On the way she fixed the carburetor with her hat pin and an electrical short with her garter belt.
The original vehicle was restored in 1906 and donated to the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. This reproduction was made by Mercedes-Benz and is an extremely accurate recreation of the original.
We’ll let you know when we plan to unveil our new cars.
We can’t wait to share them with you!