Founded in 1894 as Bergmanns Industriewerke, Germany’s Benz – Gaggenau factory is the oldest automotive plant in the world. In 1906 that factory produced the world’s first fire truck powered by an internal combustion engine. By 1911 Benz’s three factories were producing passenger cars, commercial vehicles and engines for aircraft, industry and marine applications. Built before heavy duty pneumatic tires were available, this chain driven 5 ton truck features cast iron wheels with solid rubber tires.
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