A woman of action.
Thanks to the absolute confidence of Bertha Benz in her husband and his invention, Carl Benz continued his work regardless of repeated setbacks. On January 29, 1886 his efforts were crowned with success: Carl Benz filed a patent application for his three-wheeled “vehicle powered by a gas engine”.
Bertha Benz made a very large contribution to this major advance in personal mobility. Patent specification DRP 37435 is seen as the birth certificate of the automobile.
Carl Benz built further versions of his Patent Motor Car with detailed improvements. Although its invention had been mainly received with enthusiasm by the public, this was not accompanied by the desired commercial success, however. Benz was once again beset by doubts. And once again it was his wife who found a way out. She realized that the public were still sceptical about the reliability of this vehicle moved by 'mysterious forces'. So Bertha Benz found the answer: the first publicity tour.