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Mercedes Benz C111-IID Scale - 1:43

From the very beginning, the aim of Mercedes-Benz engineers was to create a car that would be purely experimental. They wanted to create something more iconic, more safe, etc. like their success story of the Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing". So, under the direction of the world famous Bruno Sacco, the creation of yet another ultimate car, began. Felix Wankel, the inventor of the rotary engine, provided additional input.

Therefore, the use of Wankel’s (NSU's famed rotary piston) engine, the use of reinforced glass-fibre sheet as the body, and attaching high-performing mechanical parts that would enhance overall performance on racing tracks across the world and create records of all kinds were all sought. Fans of Mercedes, meanwhile, hoped that Mercedes would change their mind and come up with an actual car. Dealers were flooded with enquiries in anticipation of one great new car. Several enthusiasts went on to proceed by sending blank cheques, so one could be it’s first owner.

That model was the Mercedes-Benz C111 that rolled out in 1969 with a 3-rotor Wankel (rotary) engine that could take the car to a top speed of 260 km/h with 280 hp. Another round of improvements allowed this new car, dubbed C111-II, with a four-rotor Wankel engine to reach 300 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.8 seconds. This model was painted in a special orange-red colour called Weißherbst (in German) so as to attract attention.

Further modifying* their well-known diesel engine, OM 617, and renaming it as the OM 617 LA, the C111-IID^, with a 3.0-litre, 5-cylinder engine with a power output of 190 hp, went on to break quite a lot of records at the Pista di prova di Nard della racetrack in Italy (also known as the Nardo Ring Circuit). A few records were, 

- 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.7 seconds
- top speed of 300 km/h
- circling the entire race track for an hour maintaining an average speed of 253.7 km/h
- engine being test-driven for over 24-hours

 

* modifications and design improvements later, led to the development of the C111-III and C111-IV

^ displayed at the Mercedes-Benz museum

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Highlights
- Premium collectible
- Licensed product
- Material: Resin
- High precision miniature models
- Non-opening model
- On plinth (platform base)
- Limited pieces created
Specifications
Brand Mercedes Benz
Period 1971-1999
Year 1976
Model Origin Germany
Scale 1:43
Box Dimension (in inches) 6 x 3 x 3
Color Orange / Black
Make Neo
Theme Concept
Material Resin

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