Landauer, the first gasoline-powered bus in the world, is the subject of this photo. The bus is shown in the service of the Netphener Omnibusgesellschaft, the first company in the world to start a commercial gasoline-powered bus line. The vehicle was manufactured by automobile pioneer Carl Benz, and boasted a 5-horsepower engine and space for eight passengers. The company that produced it was named after the town of Nepthen in western Germany. The term “Omnibus” in the company’s name is an arhaic word for bus, and stems from the French term voiture omnibus, meaning “carriage for all”.
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