Back in 1969 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz came out with a concept car that was simply jaw dropping. Called the C111, the car was an experimental coupe that pushed the boundaries of both design and engineering. It utilized a slippery wedge shape, gull-wing doors and was powered not by a traditional V8 engine, but a Wankel Rotary that produced 280 hp. This was good enough to rocket the car to a top speed of over 160 mph and from 0-60 mph in about 5-seconds. Alas the C111 was never meant to be, as Mercedes-Benz only utilized the car as a study for future technologies such as glass-fiber-reinforced plastics and aerodynamics.
For those out there who thought that this wonderful automobile was forgotten, fear not, because GWA Tuning of San Antonio, TX has built a masterful tribute to the C111 called the Ciento Once. From a visual perspective the car is truly a work of art and has managed to capture the true essence of the original. A 408 hp Mercedes-Benz V12 resides between the tubular space-frame chassis and is paired to a traditional 6-speed manual transmission with H type transaxle.
A custom adjustable coil-over suspension has also been fitted, with stopping power coming from the same set-up found on Mercedes own S55 Super Sedan. The body is constructed out of hand formed aluminum and with an electric-operated rear adjustable wing and sizable rubber at all four corners, the Ciento Once prototype promises to be something that not only brings back a piece of history, but revitalizes a once forgotten super car.