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Mercedes C-Class
Debut Series 1997 First Editions
Produced 1997-2003
Designer Dave Weise
Number 16669
Mercedes C-Class - 97FE


Description

In April 1994, Mercedes-Benz won its first German Touring Championship (DTM) victory with the car based on the new W202 C-Class.  In 1995, a new European racing series began: the International Touring Car Championship (ITC). Mercedes-Benz entered that year’s competition with a C-Class touring car, tuned by AMG, its performance tuning division. The car’s unibody construction based on the production road car formed a single structure together with the integrated roll cage, giving this new generation of racing touring cars up to 300% greater rigidity than earlier cars. Klaus Ludwig finished first on the drivers’ standings in 1994’s DTM and Mercedes won its fourth consecutive constructor title. Bernd Schneider won the DTM and ITC Championships in 1995, and Mercedes-Benz took the constructors title in both series. During the years between 1986 and 1996, Mercedes-Benz and AMG, was the constructor with the most victories over the entire DTC/ITC period, with its 190 E and C-Class cars. Mercedes had earned 84 wins, 4 drivers’ and 5 constructors’ titles, and were runners-up for the constructors’ title 10 times.

Hot Wheels’ car represents the first generation of the successor to the 190 (W201) “Baby Benz”. This new W202 Chassis was produced from 1993 to 2000. The casting is designed as it would have been prepared by AMG to homologate cars for the current DTM and later ITC Racing Series, with cast racing aero and performance kit which included wing, side skirts, fender flares, air dam, side air intakes for brake cooling, road-hugging suspension and roll-bar. The air dam is cast at a high angle from horizontal to make the car perform well on Hot Wheels tracks.

Versions

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

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
516 1997 First Editions #10 Black Silver "3", "Mercedes-Benz", Hot Wheels logo Gray / Plastic Clear Gray LW Gold 16669 Malaysia Mercedes C-Class - 97FE
726 1998 Race Team Series IV #2 Metalflake Blue Hot Wheels Race Team Design, "1" Black / Plastic Grey tint White 5SP Chrome 16669 Thailand Mercedes C-Class - Race Team IV
945 1999 X-Ray Cruiser #1 Met. Black Purple & Silver pinstripes Black / Plastic Yellow tint White LW Gold 16669 Malaysia Mercedes C-Class BlkTmp
1015 1999 Mainline Yellow tiny Black Hot Wheels Logo Black / Plastic Clear Red LW 16669 Malaysia Mercedes C-Class Yel
131 2000 Red tiny Black Hot Wheels Logo Black / Plastic Clear Black 5DOT 16669 Malaysia Mercedes C-Class Red
171 2001 Mainline Metalflake Blue White, Gold, Red. Hot Wheels white logo on side Black Plastic Grey Tint Black WSP 53714 Malaysia Cclass1
129 2003 2003 Hot Wheels  14/32 plum metallic White, Gold, Red. Hot Wheels white logo on side Black Plastic Grey Tint Grey 10SP Malaysia Cclass

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