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Mercedes-Benz C-111
Debut Series Mainline
Produced 1972
Designer Larry Wood
Number 6169
Mercedes-BenzC-111

Description

The Mercedes-Benz C111 was a series of experimental automobiles produced by Mercedes-Benz in the 1960s and 1970s. The company was experimenting with new engine technologies, including Wankel engines, Diesel engines, and turbochargers, and used the basic C111 platform as a testbed. Other experimental features included 'Gull-Wing' doors and a luxurious interior with leather trim and air conditioning.

The Hot Wheels version featured opening 'Gull-Wing' doors and is based on the 1970 C111-II version which featured the four-rotor engine which could take the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and had a top speed of 300 km/h. 

It debuted in the 1972 Hot Wheels range of vehicles and was painted in various 'Spectraflame' colors. Due to shade differences in the Spectraflame painting process, the existence of a Spectraflame Gold version receives skepticism by collectors as some believe it is merely a darker shade of the regular Spectraflame Yellow rather than a completely separate color. 

1972 versions were manufactured in Hong Kong and had 'Capped' Redline wheels, blue glass, a black painted base and either a white or gray interior. It was commonly packaged on a 'Drivin Gear' card without a Collectors Button, but cars sold in Canada were packaged with a Collectors Button known as the 'Mag Wheel Button' as instead of having a picture of the car, it instead had a picture of a mag wheel similar to the 'Rally Case'.

It was released in 1973 and was painted in several 'Enamel' colors. It came with 'Open Axle' wheels on the front and either Capped or Open Axle wheels on the rear. It came with blue glass and either a white or gray interior.

In 1974, it was released in red with a 'Stars & Stripes' tampo scheme which remained in production until 1978, these versions featured several interior, wheel and tampo variations, some of which are very hard to find. It was also released in Japan in a small red cardboard box 'Red Box 26' and in Italy also in a cardboard box as 'Mebetoys Flying Colors'.

The Mercedes-Benz C111 has not been seen since 1978.

1972 Versions

The Mercedes-Benz C-111 has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Blue Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong Mercedes-BenzC-111
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Aqua Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong 100 7907
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Yellow Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Gold Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray or Brown RL 6169 Hong Kong 100 1192
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Red Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong MercedesC1119721Red
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Rose Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1972 Mainline Spectraflame Magenta Black / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6169 Hong Kong C111

1973 Versions

The Mercedes-Benz C-111 has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Dark Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6978 Hong Kong Capped or Open Rear Wheels Mercedesbenzc111
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Light Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6978 Hong Kong Capped or Open Rear Wheels MercedesC111LightBlue
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Flourescent Light Green Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6978 Hong Kong Capped or Open Rear Wheels Mercedes Benz C-111 enamel lime green metal-flake
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Light 'Lemon' Yellow Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6978 Hong Kong Capped or Open Rear Wheels 100 1193
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Flourescent Pink Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6978 Hong Kong Capped or Open Rear Wheels Image Not Available
1973 1973 Hot Wheels Enamel Red Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White or Gray RL 6978 Hong Kong Capped or Open Rear Wheels Gen09 005

1974-1977 Versions

The Mercedes-Benz C-111 has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1974 1974 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Gray RL (Capped Rear) 6978 Hong Kong Hard to Find 1974 Mercedes-benz c-111 grey int blue tint window capped rear
1974 1974 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) White RL (Capped Rear) 6978 Hong Kong Hard to Find 100 8110
1974 1974 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL (Capped Rear) 6978 Hong Kong Hard to Find Mercedes-Benz C-111
1974 1974 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL 6978 Hong Kong Mercedes C111 RedRL
1974 1974 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars, White 'C111' on trunk Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL 6978 Hong Kong Very Rare Image Not Available
1975 1975 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars Chrome / Plastic Tinted (Blue) Black RL 6978 Hong Kong Hard to Find Mercedesc111
1976 1976 Flying Colors Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars Black / Plastic Tinted (Blue) Black RL 6978 Hong Kong 77 mercedes benz c-111 blk base BW
1977 1977 Hot Wheels Red White, Blue & Yellow Stripes and Stars, White 'C111' on trunk Black / Plastic Tinted (Blue) Black BW 6978 Hong Kong Also released on 1978 'Speedway Specials' card, Japan Red Box and Italian Mebetoys Box 76 mercedes benz c-111 blk base RL

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Trivia

  • The Mercedes-Benz C-111 is only one of two Hot Wheels to have opening 'Gull-Wing' style doors, the other being a special RLC Release of the '81 DeLorean DMC-12.