1969 Mercedes-Benz C111 – Automobile of the Week

At first sight, you might mistake the car for a Lamborghini Miura, but this is actually the 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111, a concept that did not come into production. If you are wondering why it is so special that we decided to put it up here, this model paved way for some of the best features used in Mercs, including the Gullwing Doors.

The 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111 was used to test different systems under many conditions. The car had an aerodynamic design, a broader wheelbase and thicker rear tires. For the 1960s, this is was exceptional.

First Appearance of the 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111

In September 1969, the Frankfurt Motor Show saw the appearance of the first C111. This car was indeed one of the major attractions at the show. Another version of the car, named as the C111 II, was revealed in 1970. The company, however, decided to keep the car as an in-house research and development vehicle, and it was rarely shown to the public for a very long time.

Heart of the 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111

The original 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111 engine was powered by a Wankel Rotary Engine. Such engines are obsolete to the present generation, but the rotary engine was similar in mechanism to an airplane engine, and it delivered stunning performances. However, the efficiency was out of the question.

The Wankel engine powered the C111 to whopping 260 kmph, and that was a dream for many in the 70s. Some reports say that the car even reached speeds of 300 kmph, when it was pushed to the maximum.

But this engine was replaced by a V8 in later years. The C111 can now reach a top speed of 260 mph with the V8.

One of the Best Cars in History

Undoubtedly, the 1969 Mercedes-Benz C111 was legend in a class apart. Lucky for Lamborghini, the C111 remained a concept and allowed the Miura to ride free. Nevertheless, it was one of the finest Mercs ever made.