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Benz Motor Tricycles


The horizontally opposed "flat twin" engine was designed and patented by Karl Benz in 1896, who named it the Kontra engine.

Around twenty-five of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen tricycles were constructed in the years 1886 to 1893. Bertha Benz, Karl's wife, financed the venture. Bertha took the tricycle on a road trip from Mannheim to her hometown and back, a distance of 194km, thus becoming the world's first long-distance motorcyclist.

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