The Mercedes-Benz Fintails of the 1950s and 1960s was a rather daring design for a company noted for its adherence to traditional design. This styling hallmark would live on through the late 1960s and could be considered the grandfather to the modern day E-class sedan. The 230S we see here was one of the later expressions of the W111 design and one that found its way into my father’s garage in the 1970s. This black example for sale in New York is almost identical to my father’s car, save for the fact that his was a ’67 with a 4-speed manual on the floor and was equipped with a saddle tan MB-Tex interior.
The term “cool” is overused a lot in the English vernacular, but if one car I’ve ever discussed on GCFSB could be described as such, it’s this rare Mercedes-Benz 230S estate. Fully restored, in a very fetching color combination, replete with a 4-speed manual gearbox on the column, it doesn’t get much better than this for the five-door enthusiast. These estates were produced by IMA in Belgium, who were producing knock down kits of Mercedes sedans, as well. I have a personal connection to the W111 chassis 230S, as my father used to own a 230S sedan with a 4-speed manual on the floor years ago. Could this 230S be the ultimate chariot in which to carry the family to the country club?
We tend to focus a lot on low mileage, mint condition examples of our favorite German vehicles here at GCFSB, but we can also appreciate original cars with patina to remind us how things once were. The Mercedes-Benz 230S was the car that started my fascination with the Three Pointed Star, as my father owned one shortly before my birth in the 1970s. His 230S was a 1967 just like this car we see here for sale in Missouri, except his was black over palomino with a 4-speed manual on the floor. This particular 230S we’re featuring today was originally a German market car that found its way to the US in the late 1980s.
While they might have classic looks, the Mercedes-Benz W111 is one of those classics that you could conceivably use everyday. In the early 1970s, my father bought a 230S similar to this car for sale in California. Finished in black, it was an imposing sedan and one which stood out amongst the sea of domestic iron that roamed the streets of Philadelphia. These classic Benzes are more affordable than one would suspect and a great choice for someone looking for a car they can both show off at car shows on the weekend but use as intended during the week.
Beautiful 1966 Mercedes Benz 230S. Finished in Mercedes Blue with Creme Beige Interior. 81,000 original miles. 3 Speed manual transmission. Runs and drives excellent. Recent service which includes Solex carbs rebuilt. Chrome is in excellent condition. This is a turnkey Mercedes and can be driven daily. In dash CD player. Tires have 70% tread life remaining. Perfect for any collector or enthusiast. Buy it now or make an offer. We are a licensed and bonded dealer in Southern California and all California residents will pay state Ssles Tax, license fees and a $75.00 Documentation Fee. We welcome all European and Canadian buyers. We ship worldwide and can assist with low cost shipping anywhere in the U.S. Thanks for looking.
The seller erred in stating that this car had a 3-speed manual. The 230S was available with either a 4-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. This seems to be a solid runner, with decent cosmetics and just the right amount of patina in the right places. While the color isn’t my favorite and I’m not a fan of the aftermarket console under the dash, this is one of the better examples of a 230S that I’ve seen recently. Top notch examples will sometimes top $10,000 by just a little bit. The asking price for this car isn’t way out of line, but I’d probably target a price of somewhere closer to $7,500 to $8,000.