Milestones Automotive Design | Example Mercedes-Benz
June 25 – September 14, 2008
Striking in their radical posture – already from a distance they arouse our curiosity:
Extremely rare examples of cars bearing the star symbol. Never before
have they been seen in this particular composition, stringently focused
on aerodynamics, speed and Gestaltung (form giving processes): The Lightning
Benz (Blitzen Benz) – capable of speeds of more than 200 km/h – almost
a hundred years old! The Silver Arrow Grand Prix
racing car »W 196 R« with its streamlined bodywork, 1954. The jet black
painted sculpture of the Autobahn-Kurier of 1938 – unit numbers: 2. Equally
rare the futuristic high-performance C111-3 of 1978 – a design study.
The icon of style, the 300 SL Coupé – nicknamed the >Gullwing< because of its doors resembling wings, 1955. The Coupé CLS of 2004, untypically
with four doors. The Bionic Car – a singular experimental car of 2005
whose shape was modelled on the streamlining characteristics of nature:
To be exact – the aerodynamics of the cubicus boxfish (>ostracion cubicus<).