What's Your Favorite Automotive Legend?

Car-related lore goes back a long time; to the very beginning in fact. Legend holds that Karl Benz's wife Bertha "borrowed" the car (and we mean the car) to take their two children to her folks' house some 50 miles away. The farthest Karl had ever driven it was perhaps a mile or two. I'm going to let Dan Neil take it… » 7/20/07 2:00pm 7/20/07 2:00pm

The Vehicle That Signaled the Dawning of the Age is an Aquarius: The Benz Tri-Car Turns 120 Today

We don't know if there's really one day that can truly be celebrated as the birth of the commercial automobile, but it figures that today, January 29th which marks the 120th anniversary of Karl Benz's patent on his three-wheeled motoring machine is as good as any. So happy birthday, automobile. You've brought us more… » 1/29/06 6:59pm 1/29/06 6:59pm