Bertha Benz, wife of the inventor Karl Benz. She invested in Benz' business in enabling him to develop the first patented automobile, and in 1888 she was the first person to drive an automobile over a long distance.
Bertha Benz, the first long distance automobile driver in the world. In August 1888 Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz, undertook the first road trip by car, to prove the road-worthiness of her husband's invention.
125 years ago, Bertha Benz embarked on the first motorised long-distance journey. Portrait of an extraordinary woman.
Karl Friedrich Benz (November 1844 – April was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile, and together with Bertha Benz pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.