Mercedes-Benz history at Retro Classics 2015 in Stuttgart.
Sporty traditionalists and pioneers.
The history of the Mercedes-Benz brand is the history of automobiles that have been setting standards for almost 130 years – in their own day and far beyond. Time and again there has been an intensive dialogue between motor sports, research and series manufacture, leading to trailblazing technology. Mercedes-Benz Classic tells this story clearly and simply at Retro Classics in Stuttgart. Original vehicles, which stand as milestones for diverse innovation, could be admired in a unique constellation at this exhibition of classic automobiles.
From the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which embodies the sporty tradition of the brand as no other car does, on to the innovative C 111 innovative research car, and right up to the current high-performance Mercedes-AMG GT (C190) sports car, Mercedes-Benz Classic’s exhibits at the show portray a wide spectrum of the history of the automobile.
Fuel consumption combined: 9.6-9.3 l/100 km;
CO₂-emissions combined: 224-216 g/km.*
From the race track to public roads.
Besides unique vehicles such as the C 111 research car, there are also Mercedes-Benz series-production cars at the Retro Classics show, symbolising the successful transfer of knowledge and vision from the race track to public roads. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198) series sports car, for example, was developed using the technology of the racing car of the same name (W 194) built in 1952. The gull-wing is one of the heroes of the Mercedes-Benz brand’s most successful motor racing seasons, 1955. Just 60 years ago it finished among the top three in the GT class at the legendary Mille Miglia. In 2014 the 300 SL enjoyed a breathtaking revival at the 1,000-mile race across Italy. You can read the exciting story of how the classic car was restored, right up to it driving over the finishing line in sunny Italy, here.
Like the 300 SL, the other Mercedes-Benz vehicles being displayed at Retro Classics 2015 are results of the distinctly innovative flow of the Stuttgart-based brand. A space frame like the one incorporated into the series-production sports car 300 SL was also used in the futuristically styled C 111 built in 1969. With this experimental car, Mercedes-Benz researched the use of innovative materials and new drive technology. As a practical test, various versions of the C 111 won a number of world records, creating a real furore on the race track and in the media. The 540 K Streamliner, equally futuristic, created a stir too. This unique vehicle was built in 1938 with an out-of-the-ordinary overall concept, the most striking aspect of which was an elegantly designed, streamlined body with perfect aerodynamics: its drag coefficient is a mere 0.36 – that is a top value for road vehicles for decades to come.
A dialogue with modernity.
The Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupé (C 217) is a contemporary counterpart of this unique historic car. In a dialogue with the 540 K Streamliner, the modern coupé combines two different epochs of outstanding comfort, innovative technology and high performance. The S-Class gracefully represents many years’ experience of design and aerodynamics at Retro Classics: a successful transfer of innovation to the present day, in which the Mercedes-AMG GT can be looked upon as an indirect successor of the C 111. This dream car, which is already on the market, combines first-class race track performance with everyday robustness and optimum efficiency.
Like its famous predecessors, the GT also sets high aesthetic standards for sports cars.
Mercedes S 63 AMG:
Fuel consumption combined: 10.3-10.1 l/100 km;
CO₂-emissions combined: 242-237 g/km.*