[bents; Eng. benz]
Benz, Karl, 1844-1929, German engineer, credited with building the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. The car, driven in Mannheim in 1885 and patented in 1886, had three wheels, an electric ignition, and differential gears and was water-cooled. As a result of a merger in 1926, Benz's company became Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG), the manufacturer of the Mercedes-Benz automobile.

See St. J. C. Nixon, The Invention of the Automobile (Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler) (1936); E. Diesel, From Engine to Autos (tr. 1960).

Benz may refer to:


  • Bertha Benz (1849-1944), German entrepreneur
  • Karl Benz (1844-1929), German engineer & entrepreneur
  • Maria Benz (1906-1946), German-born model & artistic-family member a.k.a. Nusch Éluard
  • Walter Benz (born 1931), German mathematician
  • Derek Benz (born 1971), American author
  • Kafi Benz (fl. c. 1990s), American entrepreneur
  • Spragga Benz (born 1969), Jamaican musician
  • Nicky Benz (born 1980), American wrestler a.k.a. Nick Berk
  • Nikki Benz (born 1981), Canadian actress & director


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