The era of spoked wheels.
Mr. Wunderlich, which Mercedes-Benz classic would you have liked to have contributed to the design of?
I am fascinated by the 500 K/ 540 K Special Roadster dating from the 1930s, even though I have no particular passion for the era when spoked wheels were all the rage. The extreme proportions, the sculptured shape of the wings and the rear, as well as the high-quality, handcrafted details are still exciting for a designer even today.
If you could pick out a particular period from the brand’s history in which you could have worked as an automotive designer, which period would you choose?
It would be precisely that same period. There was a completely different way of working back then.
When it came to the styling, they would go straight into working with the hard material, carving the shape of the future car out of a block of wood. Metal was for machining, and shapes were milled out of solid material — I would have enjoyed that.