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Mercedes-Benz C111

Car Lust—Mercedes-Benz C111

Sorry for the of Car Lusts yesterday and today, was out yesterday spending time my daughter, and have spent morning digging out here at Not a good excuse, I realize, so dispose with family and and concentrate solely on what’s important—old cars.


Last Audi Avus (a car that, surprised to say, was roundly here) was all show and no go—a car for its styling, but with vaporware its curvaceous skin. Today’s Car wasn’t so much a show car as a of concept cars. The distinction show car and concept car is a fine but one.

The Mercedes-Benz C111 was not designed to wow on a turntable in Tokyo or Frankfurt; it was a for Mercedes’ advanced aerodynamics and Even in its debut in 1969 as a engineering buck, it was instantly one of the impressive cars extant. As versions of the C111 were throughout the 1970s, it evolved a supercar and from there a weird and wonderful low-slung, piece of aerodynamic wizardry.

I praise the engineering, my intention is not to the styling—I find the C111 uniformly attractive, particularly the C111-II. It’s a very car, eschewing the stylized that would be so favored in the (the first-generation Lotus Triumph TR8. Fiat Lancia Stratos. and Lamborghini for a more sophisticated, aerodynamic Its combination of smooth, wind lines and chiseled features a far more modern and efficient to the wind, presaging the look of later supercars like the XJ220, Bugatti EB110, and Diablo.

Most futuristic cars incredibly dated when the actually arrives, but the 1970 still looks like a credible supercar. It would not been out of place in 1990—two after its debut.

Still, the series was at its heart a deadly engineering and testing mule presaged Mercedes’ transformation in the and 1990s from a manufacturer of built vehicles to an engineering de force. The early versions Wankel engines, revolutionary in small size and light in a preview of the industry’s fascination rotary engine technology in the decade. Later versions a production-based 5-cylinder turbodiesel (a that would become in the following decade) and a twin-turbocharged years before turbochargers common on production cars.

Mercedes-Benz C111

Mid-engine design and gullwing a staple of the less serious to follow, also were here. All C111s were of their time aerodynamically, but the and C111-IV of the late 1970s truly new ground in vehicle The C111-IV, in particular, used wings, and wind-cheating lines to an unbelievably low .195 coefficient of Even today, that is matched only by purpose-built The best modern production manage the .27-.29 range.

The result was a variety of sustained records and a legacy of technical to go along with the compelling of engineering innovation and slick

Beyond all this, the C111 is significant for its remarkable similarity to the smooth, skirted Sauber prototypes that dominated the Group C sports cars in the late 1980s. It was in those incidentally, that a young named Michael Schumacher burst on the world motorsports

By the way, with the Avus and Atom in the last week, I I’ve gone perhaps a bit too recently. I’ll try to return us to the of the dull and banal in the next few

These photos are all over the so I’m not sure to whom I give credit; however, French-language page offers up original photos of each of the C111 and as such can serve as an spotter’s guide. I haven’t captions yet here, so if you’re which photos are of which feel free to check page out. If you read so much the better—you’ll have sheets and original press to read through as well.

Mercedes-Benz C111
Mercedes-Benz C111
Mercedes-Benz C111
Mercedes-Benz C111

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