Benz Patent Motorwagen 3

The 3-wheeled Benz Patent Motorwagen 3


This 3-wheeled vehicle became available in Paris in 1888 via Emile Roger’s establishment. The first one was apparently shipped to England, although actual records have not been found.

d20 Modern game information:
1888 Purchase DC: 35 or 38 (with half-roof)
Weight (empty): 360 kg (860 lbs)
Engine displacement: 1.05-1.99 liters
Horsepower: 1.5-3 hp (1.1 – 2.2 kW)
Miles per gallon: about 25 MPG (10.6 km/l)
Maximum Fuel Capacity: 4 gallons (15 liters)
Maximum Range: Up to 100 miles (160 km)
Gears: 2 Forward, 0 Reverse
Wheels: Wooden spokes with solid hard rubber
Total Length: 2700 mm (106" or 8’-10")
Total Width: 1400 mm (55" or 4’-7")
Wheelbase: 1575 mm (62" or 5’-2")
Max Level Speed:
= 20 km/h (12.4 mph)
= 20 squares/round @ character scale
= 2 squares/round @ chase scale

1-seat model (forward facing bench driver seat for 2 adults) or
2-seat model (adds a seat in front of the driver seat that holds 1 additional adult for a total of 3 adults – shown) available.

A half roof is available for the 2-seat model for 3000 gold marks (+3 to Purchase DC at purchase time) (shown in picture).

All vehicles come with a 4 gallon (15 liter) fuel tank, a manual rear wheel leather brake and tool kit that includes a hat pin for injector cleaning, spare chain links, extra electrical insulation, spare brake liners, etc. Maintenance training is available for all drivers and designated mechanics.

Fuel, ligroin (a laboratory solvent also known as petroleum ether, benzine, VM&P [varnish makers’ & painters’] naphtha , petroleum naphtha, petroleum spirits, X4 or benzine), is available at local apothecary shops (pharmacies).


While visiting France, the PCs got to meet Emile Roger, Karl Benz and his wife, Bertha Benz. Adoline wanted a vehicle capable of making the trip from Oxford to London (57 miles/92 km). This gave Bertha the idea to take the Benz vehicle on a long trip. On August 5, 1888, Bertha and her two sons set out on a 104 km journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim to visit her mother. They returned via a 90 km route. This was the first long distance journey in an automobile.

Benz Patent Motorwagen 3

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