Back to the Future: Concept Cars of the Past

Mercedes Lotec C1000

C is for carbon Fibre and 1000 for it's horsepower, the Mercedes Lotec C1000 was built in 1991 for the wealthiest Arab businessmen who wanted to drive the wealthiest individually owned cars that existed in the world. 

Mercedes-Benz spent 5 years building the guts of the car while they contracted Lotec (a German sport car manufacturer) to build the chassis (frame of the car). It was a 5.6 liter V8 with twin turbochargers that operated on both unleaded gasoline and aircraft fuel. 

Being an oil baron, finances were not of concern for purchasing a 3.4 million dollar sport car. The car was capable of going from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, 0-125 in 8.08 seconds and a top speed of 268 mph. Despite the original cost of the car, it is being offered for $1.2 million according to

"A couple of years ago, the C1000 was auctioned off at one of the Barrett-Jackson auction for $243,000. Only a few months later, the car was found on eBay with an asking price of $350,000 from a dealership in Georgia. Since then, it's been off the radar. We're not exactly sure why it's shown up at this tiny dealership in the town of Concorde, North Carolina. What's even more disheartening is the car seems to be in several pieces now. We'd like to imagine that it was broken when someone tried jumping it over a river, but that's just us (hat tip to Jason!) [ via s2k forums]"

Mercedes Lotec C1000
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