The C111 A Mercedes Design Masterpiece of the Future That Never Arrived: Motoring History

March 16th, 2016 by


Mercedes-Benz offers some very high-performance sports models that have been doing quite well in the Formula 1 sports circuit. These models have helped the carmaker to enjoy a good sporting image. However, the company has planned to revisit a gone era with respect to its C 111 model that had shaken up the foundations of this huge company.

It was in 1969 when Mercedes had revealed its concept car titled C 111 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car was introduced with much fanfare then with its orange paint, a Wankel 3-rotor engine with 280 horsepower, and body work made of glass-fiber.

That was an era when Wankel engines with rotors were regarded as the ultimate power plants for future cars. Mercedes had wished for a great test platform for studying the new engine. In the year 1970, the company followed it up by C 111-II and showcased it at the Geneva show. This time the ankle engine had 350 horsepower and was 4-rotored.

The new C 111 lines from Mercedes was sort of a snub to that era’s stylish customs and concepts and its catchy orange paint was common for its test cars during that time period. However, with the change in time, the fuel price reached rocket high in the seventies and the engine of C 111 had to be redesigned by the car company. A three-liter diesel engine that produced 190 horsepower was featured in Mercedes’ C 111-II D to meet the then fuel price challenges.

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