The history of the gasoline engine at Mercedes-Benz

Muamer Hodzic June 24, 2008

The four-stroke gasoline engine was the heart of the first modern automobile designed by Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz in 1886. Independently of one another, the two pioneers developed small, high-speed engines, based on Nikolaus Otto’s four-stroke principle, for the drive system of new automobiles. Since the use of these engines in the Benz patent motor car and Daimler’s motor carriage, the four-stroke gasoline engine has experienced unparalleled development.

With their constant innovation, Daimler AG and its predecessor companies have played an important role in the success story of this internal combustion engine for more than 120 years. It is thanks to their tireless work that the single-cylinder power unit of the automobile pioneers became an ultra-modern drive system, especially for passenger cars.

The development of the gasoline engine
Carl Benz and the high-speed four-stroke engine
Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach and the Grandfather Clock
The Mercedes-Benz gasoline engine from 1926 on
Mercedes-Benz gasoline engines since 1945
The carburetor era comes to an end
Mercedes-Benz gasoline engines in research and motor sports

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Comments (4)

  1. HI. Would you please help me.
    1)injection timing:
    2)inlet valve clearance:
    3)exaust valve clearance:
    MOotr-type 0M4421A DIN6271

  2. Thank you for reading my email;
    I am interested the engineering drawings or sketches
    that may be available for the 1886 benz patent motorwagen engine.
    i am mostly interested in the valves and carburetor assembly.
    any information is good .

    thank you

  3. I’m also interested in the engineering drawings of this car, and specifically the engine. Anyone have any luck finding these?

  4. I have been thinking about making a reproduction 1886 Benz for years. i am looking for dimensioned plans and drawings as well



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