1969 will go down as a special year for Mercedes-Benz. Rumours had been circulating for a long time that the inventor of the motor car was working on a sensation. At the International Motor Show in Frankfurt the secret was finally revealed – and it really is a sensation: the C 111, a super sports car with gullwing doors and a Wankel rotary engine. The industry was dumbstruck, the press couldn’t get enough of it and the public were bowled over. Not long after, in the spring of 1970, the even more attractive and even more powerful variant of the C 111 experimental vehicle was unveiled – and it quickly became the unrivalled dream car of an entire generation.
Source: “Autocar”, 11 September 1969