The inventor of the car was certainly a brilliant person, as they revolutionised the modern world and gave us one of our most valued possessions. Because there were so many people experimenting with the idea of automobiles as the one time, the actual inventor of the car remains a matter of opinion. However, if you were to pin this invention on one man, if would undoubtedly be Karl Benz.
Karl Benz was an engineer and inventor who lived in Germany during the late 1800's and early 1900's. He was always fascinated with the idea of a carriage that wasn't horse drawn and fixated these ideas on the invention of the world's first automobile. In 1879 Benz was granted a patent for his first engine, which he designed in 1878. In 1885 he created the first true automobile, which was hereafter named as the 'motorwagen'. This was the first vehicle powered by the internal combustion engine, making it the world's first commercial vehicle.
The motorwagen was powered by a four-stroke gasoline engine, which had 3 wheels, being steered by the front wheel and with the passengers and the engine being supported by the two wheels in the rear. This automobile was first sold in 1888, which was four years before any other manufacturer. Although it got off to a slightly rocky start, it was the foreground of future things to come and a stepping stone into the automobile world.
Karl Benz remains the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile and the pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz. He later went on to invent the speed regulation system, now more commonly known as the accelerator, ignition, the spark plug, the clutch, the gear shift, the water radiator and the carburettor. Therefore, if it wasn't for him, our cars may just run in a completely different way!