Today is an important anniversary for car enthusiasts. On 29 January 1886, Karl Benz patented the world’s first motor car.
A few years back we saw this replica of a an 1886 Benz in operation, outside York Motor Museum in Western Australia. Amazingly, it runs on dry cleaning fluid, which was the nearest thing they could find to replace the hexane fuel that was used in 1886. The primitive looking vehicle actually motored along quite well, though stopping was a bit more difficult.