A lot of photographs depicting a modern-day reimagining of the long-lasting 1968 Mercedes-Benz ‘W115’ sedan have been launched by automobile designer David Obendorfer. The designer has mentioned that the Mercedes-Benz Icon E Idea’s design is supposed to stick to what he calls modest luxurious and is kind of understated, in and out.
Whereas the idea sedan options loads of design parts which are paying homage to the W115, such because the vertical headlights that had been typical of 1960s Mercs, the mannequin is predicated on the current-gen E-class that’s on sale in India and worldwide markets. Obendorfer notes that the size, width, top and wheelbase are ‘virtually unchanged’.
Like the outside, the inside additionally has fairly just a few throwbacks, with Obendorfer stating a need to incorporate ‘as few ornamental parts as doable’. The steering wheel is a direct reference to basic Mercedes model with the metallic insert, whereas the dashboard seems to be as minimalist as doable, that includes solely a big digital show that additionally homes the speedometer.
The Icon E Idea can be a tribute to chief designers from Mercedes’ historical past: Paul Bracq, who styled the unique W115, and Bruno Sacco, who served as head of design between 1975 and 1999.
Whereas Obendorfer does work for a design studio, his automotive redesigns are largely private initiatives. Nevertheless, one in all his creations, a Citroen Kind H-inspired bodykit for the Citroën Relay van, was put into manufacturing a few years in the past.
All of Obendorfer’s automotive ideas goal to reimagine the basic design of iconic automobiles from the previous, such because the Renault four and the Fiat 600.
It might be tempting to make use of the phrase ‘retro’ to explain his designs, Obendorfer himself regards the time period with some scrutiny, saying, “They’re interpretations obtained by way of a inventive course of, equally to any new fashions. From the designer’s perspective, it’s straightforward to see that ‘retro’ as such doesn’t even exist.”