1899 BENZ 8 HP BREAK
Engine: rear, 2 opposed flat cylinders
Capacity: 2280 cc
Max power output: 8 bhp at 750 rpm.
Max speed: 35 km/h
Weight: 680 kg
The great success of Karl Benz’s 8 HP can be judged from its initial sales: 572 in its first year (1899) and 603 in the next. Nothing to speak of today, but very good for the turn of the century. This model opened a new chapter in the company’s long history and was the first to be powered by a flat two-cylinder engine with primary belt drive and secondary chain drive.
The example on display has a “break” coachwork.