This is it. ‘Motorwagen’ No.1. by Carl Benz is generally acknowledged to have been the first automobile in the world. But whereas other inventions such as the Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine and the consequent first flight left us with a National Historic Site. The place where the automobile was invented remains almost completely unknown: T6 No.33 in Mannheim, Germany.
Tired of waiting for a new car Mr McAldowe from Cheltenham, GB, built his own car at the cost of £20. It had a 147cc motorcycle engine, and did 120 miles on a gallon of fuel. The chassis, constructed of tubes clamped together, could be dismantled in 20 minutes. Black & white photo - by Getty Images - colorized.