Who designed what was considered the world’s first car?

Who created the world’s first car is actually a matter of debate; since the invention of the engine, people had been installing them on horse carriages to make them self-propelled. Even when automobiles specifically designed for engines came around, they were hardly recognizable as a car by today’s standards. However, the first patented automobile, a vehicle specifically designed to be propelled by an engine, was built by Karl Benz and completed in 1885. 

Karl Benz’s company would later merge and restructure to become the company that is now Mercedes-Benz, an automotive giant that is recognized worldwide. Benz’s wife, Bertha, funded the project and took the first automobile on a 120 mile round trip, making the first long distance journey in a car. She demonstrated ingenuity along the way, inventing brake pads when she had a shoe shop install leather brake pads over her worn wooden brakes, fixing an uninsulated wire with her garter, and enlisting a blacksmith to fix a broken drive chain. The success of Karl’s creation and Bertha’s journey proved that the automobile was a viable form of transportation, and launched a company that would survive two world wars, the Great Depression, and thrive into the modern day. It’s difficult to picture what the world would be like today without these two pioneers, but we at Rhodes Engines in St Charles are glad they achieved their goal. When you face challenges along your journey, come by and see us; we channel our inner Bertha Benz every day, to bring you the in best automotive care.




In business since 1992, Rhodes Engines located in the St Louis Metro area with an A+ BBB rating and a reputation for courteous and respectful service.   Rhodes Engines specializes in engines and transmission replacements.  As one of JASPER Engines largest installers Rhodes Engines has received top honors and awards for quality work and trouble-free installations year after year with numerous awards.  Take advantage of our 60+ years of experience in engine & transmission replacements by calling us or stopping by the shop at 531 Little Hills Industrial Blvd, St. Charles, MO 63301. 

Phone:  (636) 925-8526  |  OPEN: Weekdays 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Rhodes Engines

location small531 Little Hills Industrial Blvd
St Charles, MO 63301

CALL:  (636) 925-8526

 

Shop Hours

Weekdays:   8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturdays: CLOSED

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