Video of the Day: Germany’s oldest licensed motor car taken for a drive

The 1894 Benz Victoria chugs through modern traffic and into the countryside

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The 1894 Benz Victoria gets driven regularly through German traffic

The oldest licensed automobile in Germany is, of course, a Benz, which also claims to be the oldest street-legal car in the world. The Video of the Day shows the 1894 Benz Victoria runabout taking what appears to be a brisk drive, its driver/caretaker describing the experience along the way.

“Normally, cars like the 1894 Benz Victoria are confined to the museum,” the video description reads. “But the 125-year-old horseless carriage was licensed for public roads”

The Benz usually can be seen on display in a transport museum, but it is kept road ready by the museum staff and licensed for driving in normal German traffic.  Though, perhaps not practical for the autobahn. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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