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    Velo International

    • Beautifully preserved
    • Well documented
    • Approved for London Brighton Veteran Run
    Colour Dark green
    Interior Leather black
    Type other Cars
    Gearbox Manual shift
    Drive Right
    Location Hamburg

    Description:

    The Benz-Motorwagen Velo (Benz Velo) was the first serial production car. This version of the motor car presented by Carl Benz was built between 1894 and 1901.

    Benz motorcars were imported into Britain from 1896 onwards initially by Henry Hewetson and Walter Arnold (later Hewetson‘s Ltd) direct from the Mannheim factory and Hewetson‘s had the exclusive UK Benz agency. However, another import route into Britain was soon established when early in 1897 Oscar Seyd founded the International Motor Car Company of Kilburn, London.

    This car is an 1899 Benz, as originally sold by the International Motor Car Company.

    Benz called this model a Velo, a small car introduced in 1894, and when fitted with a fully upholstered seat it became the „Comfortable“. International referred to the same model as a „dogcart“, using the then familiar name for a horse drawn vehicle with a box beneath the seats in which terriers travelled – in this case the engine and transmission is in the box.

    The car was found soon after the War and restored in Sussex by F E Davis who first ran in the 1953 London Brighton Run. In July 1953 it was dated 1899 by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and it has the specification current for that year, including the „Crypto“ extra low-speed gear that was introduced durin 1898, whilst engine numer (#1995) fits with others known to be of 1899 manufacture.

    The following year (1954) it was acquired by a M. Mac Kay of Hertfordshirewho used the car on most Brighton Runs until 1981. It was subsequently sold into the most recent ownership 1984. In recent years the car has been the subject of a major restoration by Hill & Vaughn, the well known company run by Phil Hill in California. It is presented in immaculate condition and comes complete with a lovely file of history including old British log books and documentation from the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain.

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    Description:

    The Benz-Motorwagen Velo (Benz Velo) was the first serial production car. This version of the motor car presented by Carl Benz was built between 1894 and 1901.

    Benz motorcars were imported into Britain from 1896 onwards initially by Henry Hewetson and Walter Arnold (later Hewetson‘s Ltd) direct from the Mannheim factory and Hewetson‘s had the exclusive UK Benz agency. However, another import route into Britain was soon established when early in 1897 Oscar Seyd founded the International Motor Car Company of Kilburn, London.

    This car is an 1899 Benz, as originally sold by the International Motor Car Company.

    Benz called this model a Velo, a small car introduced in 1894, and when fitted with a fully upholstered seat it became the „Comfortable“. International referred to the same model as a „dogcart“, using the then familiar name for a horse drawn vehicle with a box beneath the seats in which terriers travelled – in this case the engine and transmission is in the box.

    The car was found soon after the War and restored in Sussex by F E Davis who first ran in the 1953 London Brighton Run. In July 1953 it was dated 1899 by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and it has the specification current for that year, including the „Crypto“ extra low-speed gear that was introduced durin 1898, whilst engine numer (#1995) fits with others known to be of 1899 manufacture.

    The following year (1954) it was acquired by a M. Mac Kay of Hertfordshirewho used the car on most Brighton Runs until 1981. It was subsequently sold into the most recent ownership 1984. In recent years the car has been the subject of a major restoration by Hill & Vaughn, the well known company run by Phil Hill in California. It is presented in immaculate condition and comes complete with a lovely file of history including old British log books and documentation from the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain.

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