Photo of the Day: Mercedes-Benz C111

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mercedes-Benz produced a number of experimental prototypes dubbed the C111. Arguably the most identifiable of the C111 models is the II and alongside the III, IID and IV, it acted as a tested for new technologies from the German manufacturer.

This particular Mercedes-Benz C111-II is finished in a shade of orange and brought with it gullwing doors, multi-link rear suspension, a fiberglass body as well as a mid-mounted three-rotor, direct injection Wankel engine. Later C111 testers featured a four-rotor engine delivering around 370 hp and ultimately, a 500 hp variant with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine managed to complete a lap at Nardo at an average of 403.78 km/h (250 mph).

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