The Coolest German Cars in Automotive History

Innovators like Nikolaus Otto and Karl Benz, who invented the internal combustion engine and the first car, respectively, come from Germany. The country continued with engineering brilliance throughout the years, giving us some of the best vehicles ever.

In their long automotive history, the Germans produced countless classics and models that will be remembered forever. Even today, the country is still known for its innovation – a German engineer probably invented most of the things in your car at some point in time. To celebrate their automotive history, we will give you our list of the coolest German cars ever made.

Benz Patent Motorwagen

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Photo by Markus Cuff/Corbis via Getty Images
Photo by Markus Cuff/Corbis via Getty Images

There is no better model to start this article than the Benz Patent Motorwagen. Why? It’s simple – this is the first passenger car in the world, produced in 1886. If it weren’t for the Motorwagen, we probably would’ve waited a tad longer for motor vehicles to become the norm.

The car was designed and patented by Karl Benz, who later joined forces with Gottlieb Daimler and created Mercedes-Benz. The Patent-Motorwagen had a 1-cylinder four-stroke engine with a capacity of 1.0-liter and less than one horsepower. The vehicle could transport two people and had a steel tubing frame that was very advanced for the time.