DaimlerChrysler Press Release) In
1883, it was Gottlieb Daimler who breathed life into the first
lightweight, high-speed petrol engine working together with his
close colleague and friend Wilhelm Maybach in what later became the
famous 'Gartenhaus' (summer house) in Cannstatt near Stuttgart.
In an epoch-making first step they transformed an age-old vision
into reality. The universal four-stroke power source – registered
with the patent office in April 1885, and featuring key detail
inventions such as hot tube ignition and float-type carburettor –
was ready for fitting in coaches, railway carriages, boats, ships
and the aeroplane which had also just been born, for driving pumps
and electric power generators. Its breathtaking development was
about to take off, on land, on water and in the air, just as
Gottlieb Daimler had always wanted it and as symbolised by the three
points of the Mercedes star adopted later.
"Reitrad": The world's first
Daimler first fitted the
engine in a two-wheeler, a highly cost-efficient test object.
Daimler's younger son, Adolf, undertook the first public test-ride
on 10°November 1885 with this the world's first-ever motorcycle, the
"Reitrad" (riding car) registered with the patent office on 29
August 1885, along the three kilometre stretch of road from
Cannstatt to Untertürkheim.