Born Karl Friedrich Michael Vaillant in Karlsruhe, Germany, on this day in 1844, Karl Benz would go on to fulfill his lifetime’s dream of designing a “horseless carriage”, found Mercedes-Benz and invent an engine design still used in some high-performance vehicles today.
A child prodigy, who entered university at the age of only 15, Karl patented his first car, the three-wheeled Patent Motorwagen, in 1886: it was the world's first commercially available automobile. What better way to remember this car pioneer than with the RAC Cocktail, the house cocktail of Britain's Royal Automobile Club? It's a souped-up racer of a Perfect Martini.
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