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Description: BENZ Mylord Victoria, 1899 (D)
Engine: 2,6 L Twin-cylinder boxer Power: 8 HP
This car, which is over 110 years old, is a prime example of quality of Karl Benz' automobiles - it is still in perfect condition. With its leather hood, leather mudguards, dos-a-dos seating arrangement, the twin-cylinder Mylord was regarded as a super-luxury model in its day. Legend has it that in 1893 Karl Benz called his first four-wheeled car "Victoria" to celebrate his victory over a problem with the steering by inventing and patenting double-pivot steering technology. It is more likely, however, that the car was named after the Victoria, a type of carriage, something that was quite common in those days. Nevertheless it was the first time a production car had been given a distinctive model name. In 1897 Benz introduced a flat-twin "Kontra-Motor which was more powerful and smoother-running that the original single-cylinder engine.
Source of information: Louwman Museum, The Hague.
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