We want to sit up high

This is the argument for both real and faux sport-utility vehicles these days: everyone wants to be able to look down upon people in quotidian sedans. And really, this could be considered the natural order of things:

Bertha Benz aboard a Patent Motorwagen

This was Karl Benz’s Patent Motorwagen in 1886, with Mrs Benz herself on board and two sons standing by. A lot of serious technology went into this baby: a proper differential out back, rack-and-pinion steering in the front, and a 1-liter single-cylinder engine that delivered almost 1 hp. Mrs Benz herself suggested some improvements, most notably actual pads added to the brake surfaces.

(Via Pergelator.)

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    17 June 2019 · 8:19 am

    What I like about sitting up high in traffic is being able to see what other drivers are doing while I’m still far enough away to avoid getting caught up in it. Unfortunately, unless I can prohibit every other driver on the road from sitting up just as high so they can see what other drivers are doing before they get caught up in it, my advantage becomes merely the avoidance of particular disadvantage. I’ll still take it.

    As for Herr Benz’s contraption, I rather suspect the idea was being able to see the horse in front of the horse in front of you. Things do indeed never change.

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