Dream Ma­chine

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Built in 1900, this 4.5 horse­power Benz Ideal rep­re­sented quite a tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance on the first Patent Mo­tor­wa­gen de­signed by Ger­man in­ven­tor Carl Benz in 1885, a spindly three-wheeled ve­hi­cle with an en­gine pro­duc­ing less than one horse­power and a top speed of about 12km/h. The Ideal’s big­ger en­gine and three­speed gear­box en­able it to belt along at breath­tak­ing speeds of 30km/h. The ve­hi­cle was sold in March by Bon­hams for ¤212,750. Ac­cord­ing to a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle ac­com­pa­ny­ing the car, two mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts dis­cov­ered the de­cay­ing trea­sure in the Bri­tish Mid­lands in the 1950s, buy­ing it from the widow of a man

who bought it be­fore World War I. Af­ter restora­tion it be­came a star of the vin­tage car cir­cuit.

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