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.