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The first stationary gasoline engine roared into life on New Year’s Eve in 1879. But the one-cylinder two-stroke unit, developed by Karl Benz, did not make it into the first motor car. Completed in 1885, the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model number one, ran with a single-cylinder four-stroke engine, installed horizontally at the rear with an output of 0.75 horsepower.

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