Mercedes released a short film about the journey of Bertha Benz in 1888. And it is charmingMarch 16, 2019
The company Mercedes-Benz in early March launched a YouTube commercial. And this is a true work of art – a full-fledged film four minutes long.
The short film is dedicated to the first car trip. In 1888, the wife of Karl Benz, along with her sons, rode 106 kilometers from Mannheim to her parents in Pforzheim. Voyage took a whole day, a few days later they returned by another route.
To refill the car on the road, Bertha Benz was forced to turn to the pharmacist. The fact is that the motor of the first car consumed naphtha, which was sold in pharmacies – it is similar to gasoline liquid solvent derived from petroleum. Refueling for obvious reasons in those years did not exist. By the way, this pharmacy in the city of Wissloh is still preserved.
During the trip, Karl Benz’s wife decided to solve several technical problems on her own: she insulated the garter wire from the stocking with a spark plug and cleaned the fuel hose with a hose. In addition, the blacksmith had to repair the drive chain, and at the very end of the journey – to change the brake pads.
Some of these episodes are shown in the film, although they were combined for short – in reality, they happened at different times and in different parts of the route.
The trip helped to draw attention to the invention of Benz, to convince public opinion about the usefulness of the car. By the way, following the results of the journey, Karl Benz made some changes to the design – for example, he added a downshift to overcome steep ascents.
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