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JAY LENO DRIVES THE RARE MERCEDES-BENZ C111

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Mercedes-Benz went through an experimental phase centered around the C111. With this car, they tested new engines, suspensions, aerodynamics and more in order to better improve their production models.

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C111s were quite famous for being fitted with different engines, including Wankel, diesel and turbocharged engines. One of the most notorious C111s was the C111-III, which housed a straight-5 turbodiesel engine. This engine was enough to power the car up to 200 mph, quite the feat for a car back in the ’70s.

Recently, Constantin von Kageneck from the Mercedes-Benz Classics Center brought the C111-II, a predecessor of the C111-III, over to Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno was delighted at the sight of the Wankel-engined, fiberglass concept car. But who wouldn’t be? The car itself is in great condition, thanks to proper care from Mercedes-Benz, and it’s such a rare model.

 

 

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