Product Idea

Mercedes C111 Type I

The Mercedes C111 project was an experimental car platform to evaluate future technologies.

The original goal was to develop a mass production concept of the wankel engine. The oil crisis of 1973 showed the need for a more fuel efficient propulsion technology. For this the wankel engine was replaced by a turbo charged diesel engine during the early 70's. These versions achieved several records for diesel cars.

There are five versions:
  • Prototype (crude preliminary orange body)
  • Type I (1969; orange GRP body; beautiful; 50th anniversary in 2019.)
  • Type II (1970; orange GRP body; most beautiful)
  • Type III (1978; white GRP body)
  • Type IV (1979; white GRP body)

This Lego model resembles the C111 Type I (because I did not find a way to build some of the unique features of the Type II). The physical features are:
  • Lego pieces: 194
  • Length: 14.3 cm
  • Width: 5.6 cm
  • Height: 4.5 cm
  • Scale: ~ 1:32 (except height; it's higher to hold a minifigure)

Since I discovered my liking for the speed champions sized car models I wanted to build this. It took me a while to figure out how to build the nice back but now it's done.


It makes a nice addition to my speed champions collection and so it will to yours.