Carl Friedrich Benz was an innovator that helped to create an entire industry that changed the world. He was born in 1844 in Germany. He was a talented student and studied mechanical engineering among other subjects. Benz worked for various construction companies as a young man in his 20s and dreamed of a horseless method of transportation, then together with his wife Bertha went to work on creating an engine that would be able to generate more power than a horse. In 1883 Benz and his wife set up the Benz & Co. Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik company with some financial assistance from backers. In 1886 he was granted a patent for his Benz Patent Motor Car and this is widely acknowledged as the first official automobile.
As the company grew it became the worlds leading automobile manufacturer at the turn of the twentieth century. Benz took a role on the advisory board in 1903 as he ceased to actively work in Benz & Co. Benz died in 1929 in his home in Ladenburg.
In 1926 the Benz Company would merge with the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft Company founded by Gottlieb Daimler in 1890. This new formation would be known as Daimler-Benz with the automobiles being known as Mercedes-Benz.
The name Mercedes comes from the daughter of the entrepreneur Emil Jellinek, he was of Jewish descent and although it was not technically a German name, it derived from Spain; the association to the name has become synonymous with the idea of German style and quality.
The company is now known as Daimler AG, and the Mercedes name still lives on thanks to the influential pioneers that have made it happen including Carl Benz, Bertha Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach, Emil Jellinek and others who have toiled for the cause.
The History of Mercedes Benz
Parent Company: Daimler AG