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C111

Posted: Tue 22 May, 2018 9:37 am
by AMGC36
Hi All
Found a photo of our local dealer in the early 70 I think 1971

Re: C111

Posted: Tue 22 May, 2018 11:53 am
by Bartman4800
Jeez, a C111 on display in Mt Gambier?

The whole town must have come out to see. Or did a local purchase one?


Bart

Re: C111

Posted: Tue 22 May, 2018 3:22 pm
by AMGC36
Hi Bart
I started my working life in 1970 at Repco as a delivery person and would go to Marian motors [now carlin and Gazzard ] all the time but never seen or heard about this. The car was on display at the show hall, I would say it must have done a tour of mrec dealers I don't think they ever went into production ?

Re: C111

Posted: Tue 22 May, 2018 4:43 pm
by T-Modell
AMGC36 wrote:
Tue 22 May, 2018 3:22 pm
... I don't think they ever went into production ?
+1 ... never

Re: C111

Posted: Tue 22 May, 2018 5:08 pm
by Bartman4800
Yes, no serial production...

But you guys know as well as I that enough money can buy just about anything... :think:

Bart

Re: C111

Posted: Wed 23 May, 2018 3:56 pm
by Ivanerrol
The C111 was used as a test platform for many parts in forthcoming models.

I rmember the motoring journalists drooling over the C111 when it came out.

Pity MB never put it onto production. I believe the 70’s oil crisis probably had something to do with it.

Re: C111

Posted: Wed 23 May, 2018 6:09 pm
by Bartman4800
I remember seeing one in the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart.

Jay Leno has an episode on one.

The test platform was used to test a Diesel, a Wankel (rotary) version and then they came out with a V12 version

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_C111

Re: C111

Posted: Wed 23 May, 2018 6:15 pm
by TheMadRacoon
I recall reading an article about these that mentioned Erich Waxenberger (I think) using one for a while as a company car. Would have been uber cool.

Re: C111

Posted: Wed 23 May, 2018 6:55 pm
by kimrh
The Penta front rim in deep dish looks awesome (must be a 9inch width)
Pity we can't see the rear rim to see if it was an even wider custom version in 10inch?
WB Penta rims weren't around back then in 1971 but perhaps in one-off custom version ordered for the C111

Re: C111

Posted: Wed 23 May, 2018 7:14 pm
by AMGC36
Hi All
I am trying to get in contact with some of the people that worked at Marian motors at that time to see if any have any other photos

Re: C111

Posted: Thu 24 May, 2018 10:54 pm
by kimrh
That C111 was wearing a massive width rear Penta style rim and tyre combo
Looks like the rear rim was a 16inch but the tyre width was huge for back then - even the front tyre was wide
Must have been the same tyres that were made specially for the Lambo

Re: C111

Posted: Thu 24 May, 2018 11:56 pm
by T-Modell
I can see you Kim putting those rear tyres on your W126 :laughing6: :laughing6:
Thomas

Re: C111

Posted: Sat 26 May, 2018 3:32 pm
by 70499
I had a look at a few old pictures of mine as I knew I had a photo of the rim.

?3 x 16H . It looks like it is 15 stamped on the rim but I think it is more likely a soft stamped 16.
ET 30

Dunlop Racing tyre

Re: C111

Posted: Sat 26 May, 2018 3:36 pm
by 70499
The business end

Re: C111

Posted: Sat 26 May, 2018 3:37 pm
by 70499
INFO

Re: C111

Posted: Mon 28 May, 2018 10:11 pm
by TheMadRacoon
70499 wrote:
Sat 26 May, 2018 3:36 pm
The business end
Perhaps where Pinninfarina drew inspiration for the rear grilles used on the Testarossa and 348 Ferraris?