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The fascinating family of Mercedes-Benz C 111.

Mercedes-Benz Classic will be making a major appearance at the 2019 Techno Classica for a legend in the brand’s history as the fascinating family of C 111 experimental and record-breaking vehicles – with all of its variants – can be experienced up close and in person at the stand in Hall 1. Mercedes-Benz officially presented the C 111 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 50 years ago in September 1969. There, the company showcased an elegant, futuristic high-performance sports car in a compact wedge shape with a three-rotor Wankel engine painted in the bright orange metallic “vin gris”. A super sports car study from 1966 revealed how big the step up actually was that designers used to revitalise the Mercedes-Benz design language for the presentation of the C 111 three years later. The two gullwing-door sports cars from 1966 and 1969 can be seen at the Techno Classica together with their successors.

Techno Classica stand 2018.

Techno Classica stand 2018.

Mercedes-Benz C 111-II experimental vehicle with a four-rotor Wankel engine. 1:1 scale model for design approval.

Mercedes-Benz C 111-II experimental vehicle with a four-rotor Wankel engine. 1:1 scale model for design approval.

Research vehicle.

The thoroughly updated and stylistically more pleasing C 111-II with a four-rotor Wankel engine, suitable for everyday use, was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970. Once again, it fuelled demand for this new super sports car from the Stuttgart brand which many enthusiasts regarded as a possible successor to the 300 SL (W 198) from the 1950s. The spectacular Wankel-engined sports car remained a research vehicle, however, and did not enter series production.

Spectacular records.

Instead, a series of highly successful record-breaking vehicles were built from 1976 onwards. The first was the C 111-II D, powered by a 3-litre, five-cylinder engine fitted with an exhaust gas turbocharger and a charge air cooler. With effect from 12 June 1976 Mercedes-Benz set a total of 16 world records with this vehicle on the test track in Nardò (Italy).

The aerodynamically perfected, record-breaking C 111-III (turbo diesel, 1978) and C 111-IV (V8 petrol engine, 1979) are based on this design.

Both vehicles were used by Mercedes-Benz to once again set spectacular records in Nardò, where the C 111-III set a new diesel record in April 1978 at 321.9 km/h over the 500-kilometre stretch, while the C 111-IV followed in May 1979 with a new circuit world record of 403.978 km/h. The C 111 family’s grand appearance at the Techno Classica is thus also a fitting way to mark Mercedes-Benz’s anniversary year of “125 Years of Motorsport”.

40 PS Mercedes-Simplex, 1903.

40 PS Mercedes-Simplex, 1903.

Departing into a new age.

The unique tradition of the innovative culture makes the comparison between the 40 PS Mercedes-Simplex from 1903 and the current EQC clear. Just as the Mercedes-Simplex was the first modern car to shape the future of the automobile more than 120 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz EQC likewise sets standards today as the first Mercedes-Benz model representing the new EQ product and technology brand. To this end, the model symbolises the beginning of a new era of mobility at Daimler characterised by the Mercedes-Benz initiative CASE (Connectivity, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric).

EQC 400 4MATIC:
Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus: 22,2 kWh/100 km;
CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km.4

Sporty starred classics from ALL TIME STARS.

ALL TIME STARS, the Mercedes-Benz Classic car dealer, is bringing two special sports car stars to the Techno Classica: the early 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198), which caused a sensation with its original “barn find” condition on the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida in early March 2019, and the second 280 SL “Pagoda” ever made from the W 113 model series.

The 300 SL “Gullwing” bears chassis number 43 and is in the “barn find” condition it was in when found by ALL TIME STARS and the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center Irvine, USA in a garage at the end of 2018. The dream sports car was shipped to Miami in 1954 and then registered for just ten years. Today – except for the preparation for a new paint job – it is still completely original. This includes the body, glass components, grey leather interior, powertrain, wheels and the original “Englebert Competition” tyres.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198), ALL TIME STARS “barn find”.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198), ALL TIME STARS “barn find”.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicle (1969). Development of the shape.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicle (1969). Development of the shape.

Presented to the public for the first time at the Techno Classica.

The 280 SL is part of the ALL TIME STARS “Concours Edition”. It was built in 1967 as a pre-production vehicle of the new 113 model series, which launched in 1968. The vehicle exhibited is a “work preparation car” and was the second 280 SL “Pagoda” ever to leave the assembly plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. In August 1968, it was shipped to Italy. The silver metallic roadster with its red MB-Tex interior and black soft top was restored from 2017 to April 2019 and will be presented to the general public for the first time at the Techno Classica.

ALL TIME STARS Collectors Edition.

In addition to these two highlights, ALL TIME STARS will bring two more SL sports cars to the Techno Classica event. The Mercedes-Benz 560 SL of the R 107 model series from 1989 with a black paint scheme, black interior and a black soft top is part of the ALL TIME STARS Collectors Edition. The vehicle has only driven 69,000 kilometres and has had only one owner. A Mercedes-Benz SL 320 from the exclusive Edition Mille Miglia (R 129, one of just twelve vehicles built) dates back to 2000. A Mercedes-Benz E 60 AMG represents the pinnacle of sportiness in the upper mid-class segment. This top model of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class from the W 124 model series, which is based on the 500 E from 1993 to 1994, was built almost 150 times over. The E 60 AMG was one of the first high-performance cars to be jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and AMG. This vehicle has also had just one owner. ALL TIME STARS will also be showcasing a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé (W 111) from 1971 as well as a Mercedes-Benz 230 GE from 1985 to mark the 40th anniversary of the G-Class. The off-road vehicle was delivered to Spain in 1985 and acquired by the ALL TIME STARS experts.

Mercedes-Benz C 111-IV record-breaking car with a V8 spark-ignition engine during the record-breaking drive in Nardò, May 1979.

Mercedes-Benz C 111-IV record-breaking car with a V8 spark-ignition engine during the record-breaking drive in Nardò, May 1979.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicles on the test site at the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicles on the test site at the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant.

A history of looking forward.

Jutta Benz, Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassador, will be making a guest appearance at the stand during the Techno Classica event on Saturday, 13 April and Sunday, 14 April. She will be reading to children, telling the story of Carl, the inventor of the car, and Bertha, his courageous and visionary wife. The characters in this story are the great-grandparents of the brand ambassador. The history of the car began in 1886 with the patent application for Carl Benz’s motor car. Bertha Benz’s 1888 long-distance drive was the first major test of this innovation with which Mercedes-Benz changed the world from the outset and will continue to change it in the future by developing new mobility solutions.

In keeping with this glimpse into the birth of the car, the Mercedes-Benz Museum will present an authentic replica of the Benz Patent Motor Car as a photo point for visitors at the Techno Classica. On the opposite side, in the presentation area of the ALL TIME STARS Concours Edition, Gottlieb Daimler’s riding carriage (1885) and motor coach (1886) will be showcased.

Reproduced replacement parts from the 3D printer.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Service & Parts team will be presenting other topics at Techno Classica, such as the Mercedes-Benz Repair™ with its master craftsman’s body, paint and glass programmes. You can also find out about spare parts from the 3D printer and get to know the possibilities and limits of the process.

Already available are an interior mirror base for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé (W 198), the spark plug holder from the tool kit of this sports car icon, and sliding roof slide jaws for the W 100, W 110, W 111, W 112, W 114/115, W 123 and W 201 series. Other highlights include the presentation of spare parts to be produced in future by additive manufacturing such as the Mercedes-Benz star for the boot of the W 110, W 111 and W 112 as well as the housing for the speedometer of the SL/SLC models 107.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicle (1969) together with three Mercedes-Benz series production vehicles in the steep curve Untertürkheim.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicle (1969) together with three Mercedes-Benz series production vehicles in the steep curve Untertürkheim.

World stage for automotive classics.

The 30th Techno Classica at the Essen Exhibition Centre will take place from 10 to 14 April 2019. Wednesday (10 April) is “Happy View Day” and preview day on which the fair will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. From Thursday (11 April) to Sunday (14 April), the Techno Classica will be open to visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday (12 April), there will be extended opening hours until 7 p.m. Last year, the fair attracted almost 190,000 visitors, some 1,250 exhibitors and over 200 clubs. Approximately 2,700 classic cars were on offer.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.