In 1886, Gottlieb Daimler and his partner Wilhelm Maybach developed and patented a small lightweight internal combustion gasoline engine. It is recognized as the prototype of the modern gasoline engine, and it featured a vertical, single cylinder with a gasoline-injected carburetor.
On March 8, 1886, Daimler took a stagecoach-type wagon and adapted it to hold his engine, thereby designing the world’s first four-wheeled “automobile”. It has the stagecoach type springs and scrub-brake, thus the term, “horseless carriage”. Although the carriage was not designed for an engine, it is a milestone in the history of transportation.