Presented by Alfredo Varni, Pallanza (Novara)
The great success of Karl Benz’s 8 HP can be judged from its initial sales: 572 in its first year (1899) and 603 in the next. Nothing to speak of today, but very good for the turn of the century.
This model opened a new chapter in the company’s long history and was the first to be powered by a flat two-cylinder engine with primary belt drive and secondary chain drive.
The example on display has a “break” coachwork.
|Engine:||rear, 2 opposed flat cylinders|
|Max power output:||8 bhp at 750 rpm|
|Max speed:||35 Km/h|