120 years of motor sport history at Mercedes-Benz also stand for twelve decades in a culture of ongoing innovation for series production cars, which is fuelled by strong impulses from motor racing technology. With a high-calibre presentation at this year’s Retro Classics show in its Stuttgart home, Mercedes-Benz is also showing the importance of the intensive and fascinating dialogue between competition models and the brand’s series production cars in the more recent history of motorsports: The top-of-the-range AMG models representing four generations of the C-Class stand shoulder to shoulder with the respective C-Class racing touring cars with which Mercedes-Benz has been so successful in the DTM series. Together with the classics business unit of the world’s oldest automotive manufacturer, the Mercedes-Benz brand clubs are also showing presence.
A glorious chapter.
At the 14th Retro Classics show from 13 to 16 March 2014, Mercedes-Benz Classic is relating a glorious chapter in the 120-year motor sport history of the Stuttgart-based brand: The history of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the DTM series is the centrepiece of the 900 square-metre stand in hall 7 at the show in Stuttgart.
The display creates a fascinating dialogue between four racing touring cars from the different generations and the top-of-the-line models from the regular production model series W 201 (190 models), W 202, W 203 and W 204 (C-Class). This tradition is continued by the new C-Class (205 series) and the DTM Mercedes-AMG C-Class Coupé for the 2014 season.
Race-winning models from Stuttgart.
Since the Retro Classics show was first organised by Karl Ulrich Herrmann in 2001, this successful event has undergone continuous further development. More than 1,300 exhibitors with over 3,000 vehicles are expected for the 2014 Retro Classics, showing a comprehensive kaleidoscope of automotive history and design for mobility.
Vehicles from Mercedes-Benz are traditionally a focal point in this symphony of brands, eras, and vehicle concepts with which the Retro Classics show portrays automotive history in all its facets.
The fascination of the DTM with Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes-Benz stand at the 14th Retro Classics show is dedicated to the history of the DTM and the influences of this success story within the kaleidoscope of 120 years of motorsports at Mercedes-Benz on the sporty top-of-the line models in series production. In 1988, Mercedes-Benz commenced its involvement in the German Touring Car Championships with the model 190 E 2.3‑16 (W 201).
Since then, the brand has been continuously active in the series, which was conducted in its original form until 1996 and revised as today’s German Touring Car Masters (DTM) in 2000. Since 1994, Mercedes-Benz has competed in the DTM with racing touring cars derived from the C-Class current at the time.