The rivalry between manufacturers is already tough and there is a strong demand for this new transportation which avoids horse and rail altogether. Benz offers many improvements with his Ideal catalogued in 1898.
The engine of the Ideal is still a single cylinder but develops 4.5 hp for reaching 32 km / h. The flat platform is a new feature facilitating industrialization. It is elegantly bodied as a vis-à-vis. Above all, the new three-speed gearbox makes driving easier by providing an intermediate position between flat road and hill climbing.
An Ideal manufactured in 1900 was discovered by a collector in the 1950s in the Welsh countryside. It had been kept in the same family since before the First World War. It required restorations that were subsequently made but had maintained a remarkably original configuration.
This Benz Ideal is estimated € 230K for sale by Bonhams on March 28 in Stuttgart, lot 121.