The question of who invented the automobile will always be disputed in one way or another. Some claim the first automobile was built back in the mid-to-late 1700s by a Frenchman named J. Connieu, but the man who is credited for creating the first modern automobile is Karl Benz. He patented the Benz Motor Car No. 1 back in 1886. That wasn’t all he patented, though. He also invented and patented his own carburetor, radiator, gear shifter and even spark plugs. Suffice it to say, I bet Mr. Benz never thought his three-wheeled, gas-powered, horseless carriage would be the roots for one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers, but it did, and today it is known as the Daimler Auto Group.