In 1972 I rode in the ’70 MERCEDES-BENZ ‘WANKEL” C 111 SUPERCAR at the Unterturkheim Proving Grounds in Germany & Hagerty’s Colin Golden just experienced the same thrill in Monterey, CA! In 1972, I was editor of Hi-Performance CARS Magazine, above, left, and was privileged to spend a few days with Mercedes-Benz driving new cars in Monte Carlo and the Maritime Alps, and a day at Unterturkheim riding with the legendary Rudolph Uhlenhaut, top, in the C 111. Colin Golden, right, blogs a...Read More
MERCEDES-BENZ: C111 ROTARY ICON!
Roue Watch designer Alex lervolino blogs about the MERCEDES-BENZ: C111 ROTARY ICON!, a gullwing masterpiece that started life as a laboratory car. Stuart Schorr, Vice-President Communications & Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover, with the C111 at Pebble Beach. In 1969, Mercedes-Benz surpassed all expectations revealing a super sports car well ahead of its time. With gullwing doors and a Wankel rotary engine the C111 was a research vehicle that quickly became the absolute dream car of the 1970s. ...Read More
1970s ICON: MERCEDES-BENZ C111
At the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Stuttgart manufacturer surpassed all expectations revealing a super sports car well ahead of its time. With gullwing doors and a Wankel rotary engine, the C111 was a research vehicle that quickly became the absolute dream car of the 1970s. A dream that would never come true to consumers except as die-cast model toys. Although prior rumors were that MB was creating the new Gullwing 300SL from the 1950s, from the very start, the C 111 was conceived purely as a...Read More