Restored Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner: Enjoy

Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner

Mercedes-Benz has always had a talent for imagining up truly magnificent luxury cars and then bringing them to life. This Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner is a testament and flashback to that sentiment. The brand dug deep this year, and hit the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with this little number. This blast from the past offers up a delicious slice of history to fans and onlookers.

The 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner at a glance:

  • The 540 K Streamliner is a one-off created in the 1930s with the intention to race. Due to complications and war, she spent decades in storage.
  • Based on the 540 K chassis but a step toward streamlined and long distance motoring, hence the name.
  • Great pains were taken to restore her to her original condition. She wields a 5-liter in-line 8 supercharged engine capable of reaching 114 miles per hour. That is not too shabby for an older lady.
  • The body is lightweight aluminum and wind tunnel tested.

The Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner is special because those involved in her restoration were careful to use the parts, materials, and even methods of the 1930’s to restore her. That means that while more modern alternatives may have been easier and even looked better, this lady is pretty much true to her time period and a classic. Just imagine trying to locate pieces for this type of car, or even the correct paint! read more

Odd Looking One-Off Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000

Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000

Meet the most interesting (looking) supercar in the world: The Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000. While it has the same top speed as the world’s fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, it is a bit challenging to absorb aesthetically. It also emerged a full ten years before the Bugatti Veyron took the supercar scene by storm.

The Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000 at a glance:

  • Top speed of 268 miles per hour
  • Capable of hitting the 0-60 sprint in 3.2 scorching seconds.
  • 1,000bhp
  • Powered by a 5.6-liter twin-turbo Mercedes-Benz V8 engine
  • $3.5 million dollar price tag for this one-off creation.
  • Extreme aerodynamics and carbon fiber help this supercar fly.

Fun fact: The C in the C1000 stands for carbon fiber.

The Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000 is the only example in existence, and I am uncertain if that is a good or a bad thing. The exterior takes a few looks to get used to, and the interior looks quite scratched and used up. That could be because it was built in the mid-90s with aspirations of becoming the fastest car on the planet. A man from the United Arab Emirates commissioned the car with the desire to embarrass the next generation of supercars, according to the rumor mill. read more