I check out a fair share of limousines with some of them being pretty cool and some being done maybe not so well. For better or worse, each one of them has their own unique features and characteristics. Today’s limo, a 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 built by Binz, has its own setup that I haven’t seen before and even has a little surprise under the hood. Although the title might have given away the surprise though.
Oh, goody. It is tough to put into words how excited how I am for this one today. As you might have noticed, this is a 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 ”Pickup Truck”. This job was done by the custom builders at Binz, a company in Germany that produces work on par with that of the Mercedes-Benz factory. I’ve actually looked at one of their creations before, but none as clean at this one today. What is interesting is that this W210 started life as a E320 estate and then was converted to the pickup. The amazing thing is that Binz just didn’t slap a bed on this thing and call it a day, they actually went above and beyond on every single detail. Despite being built in Germany, this thing is actually for sale on US soil in California. So let us dig into this sedan with some extra cargo capacity.
Continuing on my run of custom coachwork-built cars, this one might be one of the most practical and something that is actually has a mass appeal, as opposed to something like a hearse. Today’s vehicle is a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen, a custom conversion by Binz Karosserie off of the W110 Fintail chassis. Surprisingly, this unique wagon resides in California where it awaits a restoration and a chance at many more miles of utility. Of course, I have to ask, is the time and effort worth it?
Model: 190Dc Kombiwagen
Engine: 2.0 inline-4 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Price: Buy It Now $10,000
1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Binz Coachbuilt Fintail Station Wagon
Binz Karosserie Nr. 2096
And now for something completely different….
Up for offer is a running, driving and solid example of an extremely rare Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen built by German coachbuilder Binz & Co Karosseriefabrik. There are less than 15 surviving examples of the Binz kombiwagen (non-ambulance) version w110 fintail ”heckflosse” known to exist in the world today.
Binz Karosserie in Lorch/Wurttemberg Germany has been working with Mercedes-Benz building custom variants of different models over the past 80 years. These models include ambulances, hearses, taxis, and the rarest of the rare, special ordered kombiwagens (station wagon) models built for private use as seen here. Other coachbuilders of the period included Miesen of Germany and IMA of Belgium, whose “universal” wagons are well known as over two thousand examples were built using several variations of the w110 chassis. Binz Karosserie was known for their quality build and high top roof design. The kombiwagen version seen here is actually the lowest of the different roof configurations offered by Binz for this series.
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This Mercedes 190Dc Binz Kombiwagen has spent most of it’s life in California, so the rust issues are less than normal in the scope of fintails.
I am not sure I have ever seen a Binz stateside. This may be rare and even German but I would never accuse this of being an enthusiasts car. It looks like something from Harold and Maude, more hearse than wagon. Come to think of it the Binz shares some similarities to the International Travel-All in shape. Either way it is exceptionally cool and would make a great addition to any Mercedes collection, albeit with some blood, sweat, and tears.
From the seller –
“190Db ‘Kombi’ Binz wagon
4 speed manual gearbox, later generation 110 series 2 liter diesel engine. Engine turns.
Not run in many years. Does not currently run.
Tolerable rust. Fairly solid floors.
Decent panel fit. Very weak paint. Acceptable vinyl interior. Acceptable headliner. Fold down rear seat.
Misc chrome blemishes. Misc paint blemishes.
Excellent tail light lenses.
No ignition key. New tires.
Above average shutlines and panel gaps.
Rare Binz hardware seems to all be there. Both spare tire hard cover rubber hold downs missing.
All ID tags correctly in place. Titled and currently registered in CA.
1 of approx 349 constructed in 1961.
An exceedingly rare ‘Ponton’ wagon.”
I get the whole exceedingly rare thing and I must admit that the lower the production number the more I find myself interested. But, for me, I have certain requirements. I prefer my collectibles run, have little to no rust, and have a passable paint job. This fails on all three counts.
But like I said, this is just me. Some may see this as a blank canvas, an excuse to tinker in the garage and escape the pressures of the day to day grind. If that sounds like you and you have a passion for all things Mercedes this may be a worthwhile project.…