The W115 floor lamp inspired David Obendorfer's latest car design.
Specialist in modern versions of classic old cars, Obendorfer is one of the best-known Hungarian car designers For example, it has produced the latest interpretations of the BMW CS, Fiat 127, Fiat 600, Citroën Type H, Renault 5 and Volkswagen T1, which have produced a great international response.
His most recent work, Icon E Mercedes celebrates the legendary "floor lamp", the W115 series produced between 1968 and 1976, with its durability, elegance and comfort, has been inscribed in the history of the automotive industry (the W114 codename denotes the six W115 four-cylinder models).
clear the headlights can not be missing in the modern version was the kind of brand that even laypeople recognized immediately. Obendorfer imagined that Icon E was based on the 10th generation E-Class technology, which has been on the market since 2016, so the most important dimensions, length, width, height, axle and rail are the same for both cars.
My goal was to revive the somewhat controversial concept of "contained luxury" with a car without comfort, characterized by clean lines, balanced proportions and carefully treated surfaces.
"My project is also a tribute to two great design heads of Mercedes history: Paul Bracq For 10 years, he headed the design department of Daimler-Benz Sinderfingen, including the design of models like the W115. Bruno Sacco and in 1975 and 1999 he was the studio's head of the factory, and in the 1980s, his timeless beauty, under his guidance, served as an inspiration to Icon E, "wrote Obendorfer on his website.