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Daimler Invents the Internal Combustion Engine (1885)


In 1885 German engineer, industrial designer and industrialist Gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine, and with his business partner Wilhelm Maybach fitted this to a two-wheeler— the first internal combustion motorcycle. In 1886 Daimler and Maybach fitted the engine to a stagecoach, and a boat. Daimler baptized it the Grandfather Clock engine (Standuhr) because of its resemblance to an old pendulum clock.