Benz Duc Victoria, Ad 1900
Mixed Media - Paintography
BENZ DUC VICTORIA AD 1910
The paint, upholstery, leather roof and solid rubber tyres of this Benz Duc Victoria are around a 110 years old, and make it one of the most authentic cars of its age to be found in the world. Moreover, it is the only known remaining example of this model.
Christopher Frank Wakefield, a country doctor from Horley in the English county of Surrey, bought the car in 1900 and used it to visit his patients and take the occasional ride in the country. In 1925 the Benz was put into storage and some 45 years later, in 1969, it reappeared. All that was needed to get the car started again was a new spark plug and leather drive belts.
The engine has one cylinder and an open crankshaft, which has to be oiled every 30 km. There is no camshaft: instead the inlet valve works with a weak spring. Power from the engine is transmitted to the gearbox by leather belts, and from there to the wheels by chain.
February 17th, 2021
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