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Rare Mercedes C111-III damaged in high-jacking attempt

In September 1969 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), Mercedes displayed a futuristic study that was used to test Wankel engines, diesel engines, and turbochargers. There were only three versions built, with the third one C111-III being unveiled in 1977. It used a straight-5 turbo-Diesel engine that developed a total of 230 HP. The C111 hit 200 mph (322 km/h) at Nardò in 1978.

Do we need to continue or is the information we have provided sufficient enough to understood that this is a very rare car and some people will do anything to have it? If it is then we must move on to the crazy news we must reveal. A C111-III prototype being transported from the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, to its museum in Brooklands, England, was reportedly the target of a robbery attempt when criminals tried to hijack the truck in which it was contained. As if the near-stolen experience wasn’t enough, the vehicle suffered some damage to its front fender and gullwing doors.

This shows the idiocy involved in thievery. Where exactly did these thieves think they were going to go with such a rare car as the C111? Did they think no one would notice? Maybe that the robbery wouldn’t be splattered across all automotive outlets? Stay in school, guys. Stay in school.

Source: Luxist

19 comments:

It was great that their idiocy leads them to a total failure, and their plan was doomed. They will remain in my mind forever. smiley

Good thing the robbery attempt was a failure but still the Mercedes C111-III has been damage on the front fender and doors. It’s definitely a luxurious car.

The car is really exotic and rare. The car lower parts looks invisible because it’s painted black. It’s kinda weird.

The car is really exotic and rare. The car lower parts looks invisible because it’s painted black. It’s kinda weird.

Amazing! I thought for sure that would be fatal...

I remember this car from my formative years as an auto enthusiast. It was a mythical thing.

Maybe Mercedes themselves were embarrassed by the design and want it out of public view.

Anyone else imagining the scene from The Fast n the Furious? I’d love to know more about the attempted robbery!

You would think something like this would have been invented and most popular in the U.S. I am amazed that it hasn’t even caught on here.

They were probably hired by some one with a lot of money who wanted the car in his personnel collection,and that person probably never intended to drive it ,at least not in public. The car is a work of art,and probably as hard to fence

Oh no, what happened to the rare Mercedes?

It’s one form of a rare concept and an odd supercar.

Looks weird but, ok will considered it as a unique. Can we try it?

Anyone else imagining the scene from The Fast n the Furious? I’d love to know more about the attempted robbery!

This car has a potential. If they are going to pursue this experiment I think they should find a more aggressive design. Because as you can see in the picture it looks like a flying-saucer in wheels.

That was a super aero dynamic car.. that’s why i can reach that kind of speed.. pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Rare looking car. I bet they never sell it to the market. This is a pure experimental car only.

This ain’t a car, I think this is a trash, really don’t have those appealing looks that can attract people to love it. Also it is so much eyesore and am sure this will bring failure to mercedes benz.

Dang! What the heck? How could those guys have the interest to hijack it? Are they crazy or something?

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