Born in Germany 60 miles away from Gottlieb Daimler, Karl Friedrich Benz started in business as a supplier of building materials. When he was 35 he received a patent on the two stroke engine he had been working on, and in 1883 when he was 39 he founded a company to build industrial (stationary) engines. Using Nicolaus Otto's four stroke engine concept he build a one cylinder 958 cc, 0.75 engine and a three wheeled vehicle. The vehicle had electric ignition, differential gear, and was water cooled. He recieved a patent on the vehicle in 1886.