• May 14th 2010 at 10:29AM
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1977 Mercedes-Benz C111-III – Click above for high-res image gallery

A rare 1970s-era Mercedes-Benz C111 show car has gone on display at the company's museum at Brooklands, but it almost didn't make it.

According to reports from across The Pond, the truck transporting the vintage concept car from Germany to the UK was hijacked by criminals looking to make off with the C111. The attempt was thwarted, but though now repaired, significant damage was reportedly incurred to one of the showcar's gullwing doors and to the front fender.

The C111 served as a rolling test bed for Mercedes during the 1960s and 70s, various versions having been outfitted with different engines – including turbos, diesels and even Wankels – securing a number of land speed records along the way. The example transported to Brooklands, however, is but an empty shell with no engine, leaving observers to wonder just where the seemingly none-too-bright thieves thought they were going with the car.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow now that's an interesting story. I'm curious as to what the motives of the crooks were? I mean it's not as if you can do anything with it engine or no. You wouldn't be able display it and can't drive it anywhere either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly! What the hell do you do with a hot one-off prototype? Go steal a CLK 63 AMG Black. You can fetch a nice penny for that on the black market i'm sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That design is laughable, ... Maybe Mercedes themselves were embarrassed by the design and want it out of public view.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's too bad the hauler didn't have a "real" shotgun driver, and blasted the hell out of those hi-jackers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it would have been better if that car didn't make it to the show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No... then they'd have hijacked a DeLorean... but this would have been much cooler!
      • 5 Years Ago
      No engine? Well then, it would've made for one heck of a soap box derby racer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember this car from my formative years as an auto enthusiast. It was a mythical thing.
      • 5 Years Ago

      This is the first time im seeing this....I like it seems mysterious
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hijack FAIL.

      Seriously bad guys, get it together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Question: "...leaving observers to wonder just where the seemingly none-too-bright thieves thought they were going with the car."

      Answer: Back to the future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I went out with a fella I met at a club, that drove a Mercedez-Benz with my former Roomie who studied in college.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure why anyone would try and steal this car.
      It would be impossible to sell or keep a secret.
      What were they going to do, sell it for parts?
      Hide it in some personal collection?

      I'm not a thief, but if i was one i wouldn't steal things that were way too hot to sell.
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