Germany’s Oldest Street-Legal Car 1894 Benz Victoria German Cars

This is the “Benz Viktoria” — built by German automobile pioneer Karl Benz over 100 years ago! Today, Karl-Heinz Rehkopf – dressed for the occasion – is taking the vintage ride for a spin. It even has a regular license plate.

This old-timer is street-legal. "This is the vehicle that passed down its genes to all other cars. The unique thing about this car is that it's the oldest one still allowed on German roads." Needless to say, the vintage "Benz Viktoria" has its quirks.

.. "This isn't a steering wheel but more a steering arm. I'll move it. And there's a curious kind of indicator that shows you in which direction the car will go. And then I have a small lever that I control with my left hand to accelerate.

" This car has two gears. And when I want to brake I need to get out of gear quickly so that I am in neutral. Then I can use either my foot brake or my hand brake to my left." I have two horns.

One that I sqeeze. And a so-called "klaxon" that I control with my foot. Karl-Heinz Rehkopf bought the vintage car in 2009. Until then, it had been in possession of the well-to-do Gütermann family for four generations.

In fact, one former owner even managed to get the first ever speeding ticket in this car. For going though town….at an “eye-watering” 29 kilometers an hour. Well, going top speed does feel like the car is really at its limit.

The steering arm and everything doesn’t feel very stable. When ever the car struggles, you struggle with it. And when it rains, you both get wet. You obviously want to avoid that. It's rare that Karl-Heinz Rehkopf takes this vintage car out on the road.

Usually, it can be admired at atransport museum near Göttingen. Michael Marx, the museums’ mechanic, knows exactly how to fix "Viktoria" if something's not working as it should. "Here, you can see the piston.

It's a big one. It's got a 3-liter-engine. You can see it running." Unlike cars today, simply turning the ignition isn't enough to start it up. First, you need pull a few levers. And adjust the engine settings to the weather conditions so it runs smoothly.

As you can imagine…depending on the weather, temperature, humidity and air pressure you need to fiddle around pretty long until the engine runs properly." In April 2019, they took "Benz Viktoria" for a technical inspection to see if it was safe to drive on German roads.

After in in-depth inspection, the car was given the go ahead. But only under a few conditions, as car mechanic Burghard Niemietz explains: “The car doesn’t have any electrical wiring, so hazard warning lights were not retrofitted — which usually is required.

And the car doesn’t have blinkers. That means the car may only be driven in daytime, in good weather conditions. And the driver must carry a signalling disk." Rehkopf's wife is usually in charge of the signalling disk when ever the two go for a ride.

Though they car isn’t really built for long-distance travel anyway…. Its tiny tank quickly runs out of gas. Besides, it doesn't run on ordinary fuel. But rather on Petroleum ether, which these days you can only get in pharmacies.

But even with a full tank, you won’t get anywhere fast. “I guess this is about embracing slowness. It’s not about reaching your destination per se, but about enjoying the ride itself.” this is the Benz Victoria built by German automobile pioneer Karl Benz over 100 years ago [Music] today karl-heinz take off dressed for the occasion is taking the vintage ride for a spin [Music] it even has a regular license plate this old-timer is street legal [Music] I thought he’ll leave this is the vehicle that passed down its genes to all other cars the unique thing about this car is that it’s the oldest one still allowed on German roads needless to say the vintage Benz Victoria has its quirks this isn’t a steering wheel but more a steering arm I love it and there’s a curious kind of indicator that shows you in which direction the car will go again goes yeah I cut it and then I have a small lever that I control with my left hand to accelerate I give this car has two years and when I want to brake I need to get out of gear quickly so that I’m in neutral Neil often done that I can use either my foot brake or my handbrake to my left I have two horns one that I squeezed and a so-called klaxon that I control with my foot karl-heinz they copped bought the vintage car in 2009 until then it had been in the possession of the well-to-do goethe man family for four generations in fact one former owner even managed to get the first ever speeding ticket in this car for going through town had an eye water in 29 kilometres an hour well going top speed does feel like the cars really at its limit the steering arm and everything doesn’t feel very stable whenever the car struggles you struggle with it and when it rains you both get wet you obviously want to avoid that my knight adventures it’s rare that karl-heinz a take-off takes this vintage car out on the road usually it can be admired at a transport museum near Gooding in Mishael marks the museum’s mechanic knows exactly how to fix Victoria if something’s not working as it should here you can see the piston it’s a big one it’s got a three liter engine you can see it running unlike cars today simply turning the ignition isn’t enough to start it up first you need to pull a few levers and adjust the engine settings to the weather conditions so it runs smoothly [Music] because before strode yes you can imagine depending on the weather temperature humidity and air pressure you need to fiddle around pretty long until the engine runs properly in April 2019 they took Ben’s Victoria for a technical inspection to see if it was safe to drive on German roads after an in-depth inspection the car was given the go-ahead but only under a few conditions as car mechanic boycott knee meets explains car doesn’t have any electrical wiring so hazard warning lights were not retrofitted which usually is required and the car doesn’t have blinkers that means the car may only be driven in daytime in good weather conditions and the driver must carry a signalling disk on the new van gock elements of in America that ray cop’s wife is usually in charge of the signalling disk whenever the two go out for a ride though the car isn’t really built for long-distance travel anyway it’s tiny tank quickly runs out of gas besides it doesn’t run on ordinary fuel but rather on petroleum ether which these days you can only get in pharmacies [Music] but even with a full tank you won’t get anywhere fast take along some I guess this is about embracing slowness it’s not about reaching your destination per se but about enjoying the ride itself because father serious [Music]

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