Karl Benz was born November 25, 1844 in Germany. A mechanical engineer, he designed and built the first practical car powered by an internal-combustion engine. The original car, his three-wheeled Motorwagen, first ran in 1885. His company produced its first four-wheeled car in 1893 and the first of its series of racing cars in 1899. He left the company in 1906 to form another group with his sons.
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