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smart Crossblade (W 450)

The Smart Crossblade is a roadster developed by Bertrandt AG as general contractor and converted on a small scale by Binz from the smart fortwo convertible & pure. It has no roof and no windscreen. Instead of conventional doors, there are only narrow safety bars on the sides. The Smart Crossblade is a so-called fun car designed exclusively for fair-weather driving.

Produced between March 2002 and December 2003, the roadster was available from June 2002 at a price of 24.360 euros, production being limited to 2000 units. The vehicle is weatherproof and can even be driven through a normal car wash, as the vehicle has several water drains and all the relevant parts of the interior have been newly developed accordingly.

The Crossblade with serial number „0001“ featured on Robbie Williams’s 2002 tour and was later auctioned on eBay, where in 2002 it fetched 51,049.99 euros, which went to the Robbie Williams Foundation „Give It Sum“.

See this unique vehicle for yourself on a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The vehicle will be fully serviced and TÜV-inspected before delivery. If desired, this vehicle is available with a Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Warranty.

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Vehicle details

smart Crossblade
smart Crossblade
smart
2002
10.863 Kilometer
1
19.07.2002
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Collectors Edition
on request
on request
on request
Yes
on request
plus value added tax according to 25 § a USTG

Technical details

cabriolet/roadster
71 PS
599 ccm
3
left
semiautomatic
6
back
disc brakes
disc brakes
gasoline
17.0 s
135 km/h
5,7 l

Individual configuration

Black (DB 040)
Leather red (DB 1079)
leatherette
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
0
2002

Vehicle history

Vehicle history: smart Crossblade (W 450)

It is a radical idea that starts to mature in the heads of the Mercedes-Benz developers in the early 1970s: as they see it, the „car of the future“ must question all existing preconceptions of cars and put them to test. Sketches dating back to 1972 show a new, seminal approach. The concept for an ultra-compact car with a length of two and a half metres is subsequently developed by Mercedes-Benz. Johann Tomforde, studio engineer at Mercedes-Benz and development coordinator for the field of „future traffic systems“, is responsible for the project.

Although the idea is impressive, technical realisation is not possible at this time due to an inability to meet the company’s strict safety standards.
However, nine years later the Mercedes-Benz developers succeed in developing groundbreaking ideas for safety features that only need a small amount of space in a car. First designs using a „sandwich“ principle with a raised vehicle floor are tested. But the technical realisation is still not possible on account of the strict Mercedes-Benz safety standards.

In 1991 Mercedes-Benz Design starts the next attempt. The Eco Sprinter and Eco Speedster show cars are developed in cooperation between the Design Concept department in Sindelfingen and the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Irvine, California. When Johann Tomforde presents them to the Mercedes-Benz boards in 1993 the enthusiastic response leads to concrete plans for a new kind of vehicle and a new segment: the micro compact car.

The concept, package and safety concept – later to become characteristic features of the smart fortwo – are already clearly apparent in the first studies. Even then the safety concept was brilliantly simple: like a nut, the soft interior is protected from harm by a rigid Shell.

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