1899 Benz 8HP Rennwagen

1899 Benz 8HP Rennwagen

1899 Benz 8HP Rennwagen

With this car, Fritz Held won the class victory and the Great Gold Medal in the 193.2 km Frankfurt-Cologne endurance race at an average speed of 22.5 km/h; another 8 hp Benz, driven by Emil Graf, came 2nd. This car was successful again in 1899, its engine now tuned to 12 hp, when Fritz Held came 2nd in the Innsbruck-Munich race, and again in the Berlin-Leipzig race, where he and Richard Benz finished with the best driving time.

In 1900/01 a production racing car, based on this type, was on offer in the sales program at a price of 15,000 marks. This vehicle was fitted with a flat engine; its output had been increased to 16 hp, and it was equipped with a central lubrication, a water pump and a train of gear wheels with four forward and one reverse gear.

The weight of the car was 1150 kg. Driven by Fritz Scarisbrick from Hanau, this car finished its very first race in 2nd place. The 136 km mountain tour Eisenach-Oberhof-Meiningen-Eisenach was covered in 4 hours and 23 minutes, i.e. at an average speed of 30.1 km/h, and confirmed the advertising statement for this model which said: The car will manage any ascent.

In Detail

engineWater-Cooled, Contra, Twin Flat
positionMid Engined
valvetrain2 Valves Per Cyl,
displacement2280 cc / 139.1 in³
bore110 mm / 4.33 in
stroke120 mm / 4.72 in
power6.0 kw / 8 bhp @ 750 rpm
specific output3.51 bhp per litre
body / framePressed Steel Frame
front tires810 x 105
rear tires875 x 105
front brakesNone
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesOutput Shaft Band Brake
r brake sizemm / in
steeringWorm & Nut
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Elliptic Springs
r suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
wheelbase1900 mm / 74.8 in
front track1250 mm / 49.2 in
rear track1250 mm / 49.2 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
top speed~65 kph / 40.4 mph



Auction Sales History


1912 Benz 8/20 HP Sports Wagen – sold for €74,750

One of 3,093 passenger cars produced by Benz at its Mannheim factory in 1912, this 8/20hp ‘Sports Wagen’ is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, side-valve engine driving via a four-speed gearbox. The chassis price was 6,500 DM and the body cost 650 DM extra. This eye-catching two-seater has considerable charm, with its gorgeous brass radiator and beautiful badge, and presents very well. We are advised that the body has undergone cosmetic refurbishment, receiving a re-upholstered leather interior and a re-spray in its appropriate national racing colours livery.

An Edwardian-era example of one of the world’s most historic brands, this beautiful Benz will surely give the fortunate new owner many miles of driving pleasure. Although resident in the EU, the car is offered without documents.

Auction Source: 2013 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais