In conjunction with a powerful supercharged engine, this enables the vehicle to reach a top speed of 185 km/h. It also set benchmarks in long-distance travel comfort. The Streamliner's current equivalent is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé. It transports the values of innovation, design, aerodynamics, drive system and travel comfort, all at the highest level, to the modern day and age.
All three sports cars shown at Rétromobile 2015 are the product of Mercedes-Benz's distinctive culture of innovation. Completed in 1953, the 300 SL racing prototype with its aluminium body, space frame and gullwing doors evolved from the successful racing car of 1952. The revolutionary vehicle concept from the early post-war period stands out for its lightweight construction, aerodynamic advantages, fuel efficiency and great reliability. Dating from 1969, the futuristic C 111 was used to test new powertrain systems and materials. It has a rotary engine based on the principle developed by Felix Wankel. A single specimen was built with a V8 reciprocating engine in order to explore the potential of this technology in the high-performance sports car. Painted in a striking orange shade known as 'weißherbst' (rosé wine), the body is made of lightweight glass-fibre-reinforced plastic. The C 111 caused quite a stir and subsequent versions set various world records. However, it never entered series production. Unlike the Mercedes-AMG GT unveiled in 2014: this dream car is already available. Delivering a first-rate performance on the racetrack, it is also suitable for everyday use and is highly efficient. Like its famous predecessors, the GT sets the highest aesthetic standards for sports cars.
At Rétromobile, more than 500 vehicles will be on show in Hall 1 of the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre across 46,000 square metres of space. Once again, the organisers are expecting approximately 100,000 visitors this year. Auctions of classic cars by leading international auction houses such as Artcurial are one of the highlights of the extensive programme.