1967 Mercedes-Benz 230

Walking past the Mercedes-Benz dealer the other day, it struck me that there’s not a single car in the lineup that is appealing to me, save for the AMG GT. Sure, the Gel√§ndewagen hasn’t changed much in the grand scheme, but its festooned with more chrome and lights than Studio 54 these days. Looking back to a car like this 1967 230, I’m reminded of how Mercedes could get it right, even while employing a styling gimmick such as tail fins. Known as the Heckflosse, or Fintail, in German, this car we see here for sale in California represents the end of the run for the W110, a sedan phased out in 1968. My father owned a very early W110, a 1962 190C 4-speed manual, and this 230 brings back fond memories of that machine.

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1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S

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.

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S Universal

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?

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S

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.

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Original Owner 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 – REVISIT

The 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 we featured earlier this month is back up for sale once again, this time at no reserve. If you’ve been wanting to delve into the realm of vintage Mercedes but find yourself on a budget, there are few better place to start than with this fintail.

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1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S

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.

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S on eBay

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.

-Paul

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally – REVISIT

The 1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail featured two weeks ago is back up for sale after coming short of its Buy it Now price:

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally on eBay – REVISIT

The car looks far to nice to have seen much hard off road use, but if you know your history then you would know that these Heckflosse Mercedes were quite capable rally cars, placing 1, 2, 3 in the Monte Carlo Rally right after their introduction. This 230 has had a lot of care in putting it to where it is now. It has a nice two tone paint jobs with unique beige with brown roof colors. Rally accessories include sway bars, Hella driving lights, questionably U.S. road legal French style yellow headlights, rally timers and a Tag Heuer stopwatch are inside.

The car has bids up to $5,000 and a Buy-It-Now price of $9,900. These aren’t particularly rare cars, though some engine and trim combos were limited production and command higher prices. This is a good looking car. I’ve included video of some vintage clips of fintails.

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~Evan

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Towards the end of then 1960s, Mercedes-Benz finally laid the automotive fad that was the rear tailfin to rest. Never one to give into trends, it was rather surprising that the typically conservative company from Stuttgart would give in and feature such a bold styling cue. The W110 were the bread and butter midsize sedans for Mercedes through most of the decade. In 1965, the lineup was given a refresh that introduced the M180 2.3 liter inline six to the lineup that you see here in our feature car.

Not only was the W110 at the forefront of Mercedes-Benz’s crash testing efforts, but a few of the W110 and larger W111 Heckflosse models were successful in competition. One of the more notable events was the 1960 Rally Monte Carlo where a 220SE claimed first, second and third place, with first place awarded to Walter Schock and Rolf Moll. This 230 for sale in Illinois has been prepared for classic rallying, which seems a bit far fetched to the uninitiated. Those in the know, however, are aware just how tough and well suited for rallying these cars can be.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on eBay

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230, W110. Fintail, Heckflosse. 2.3 liter inline 6 cylinder, complete tune-up with plugs and wires. Carbs are refurbished. New belts, new hoses. Complete repaint job two years ago, unique factory two tone paint. Front disc brakes, new front rotors, new front pads. Rear drums have been resurfaced. With new hoses all the way around, new brake booster with new spare. Reupholstered in Mercedes MB-tex, correct Becker stereo, has factory FM upgrade, new KYB Shocks front and rear. Vintage AMG factory sway bars. Sway bars were used in the 300SEL. 16″ OEM steel wheels & tires. Have the stock factory 14″ wheels. Factory hubcaps too. Upgraded headlights h4 (yellow). Hella driving lights, vintage factory trip meter for vintage rally events. Tag-Heuer Stop Watch (vintage). Dash clip used in vintage rally events. Amazing running and driving car, head turner.

After looking this car over, I’d smitten with it. But then again, I’m into offbeat rally machines. There are probably only two things I’d change, which would be the somewhat staid color scheme and of course, I’d prefer a 4-speed manual, whether it be a column or floor mounted shift. The seller is being realistic with the price here, as most late model 230s will range between $6,000 to $10,000 in good condition. With the added rally bits, not to mention the vintage Tag Heuer stopwatch, there are worse ways to spend $9,900.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230

Towards the end of then 1960s, Mercedes-Benz finally laid the automotive fad that was the rear tailfin to rest. Never one to give into trends, it was rather surprising that the typically conservative company from Stuttgart would give in and feature such a bold styling cue. The W110 were the bread and butter midsize sedans for Mercedes through most of the decade. In 1965, the lineup was given a refresh that introduced the M180 2.3 liter inline six to the lineup that you see here in our feature car.

Not only was the W110 at the forefront of Mercedes-Benz’s crash testing efforts, but a few of the W110 and larger W111 Heckflosse models were successful in competition. One of the more notable events was the 1960 Rally Monte Carlo where a 220SE claimed first, second and third place, with first place awarded to Walter Schock and Rolf Moll. This 230 for sale in Illinois has been prepared for classic rallying, which seems a bit far fetched to the uninitiated. Those in the know, however, are aware just how tough and well suited for rallying these cars can be.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on eBay

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230, W110. Fintail, Heckflosse. 2.3 liter inline 6 cylinder, complete tune-up with plugs and wires. Carbs are refurbished. New belts, new hoses. Complete repaint job two years ago, unique factory two tone paint. Front disc brakes, new front rotors, new front pads. Rear drums have been resurfaced. With new hoses all the way around, new brake booster with new spare. Reupholstered in Mercedes MB-tex, correct Becker stereo, has factory FM upgrade, new KYB Shocks front and rear. Vintage AMG factory sway bars. Sway bars were used in the 300SEL. 16″ OEM steel wheels & tires. Have the stock factory 14″ wheels. Factory hubcaps too. Upgraded headlights h4 (yellow). Hella driving lights, vintage factory trip meter for vintage rally events. Tag-Heuer Stop Watch (vintage). Dash clip used in vintage rally events. Amazing running and driving car, head turner.

After looking this car over, I’d smitten with it. But then again, I’m into offbeat rally machines. There are probably only two things I’d change, which would be the somewhat staid color scheme and of course, I’d prefer a 4-speed manual, whether it be a column or floor mounted shift. The seller is being realistic with the price here, as most late model 230s will range between $6,000 to $10,000 in good condition. With the added rally bits, not to mention the vintage Tag Heuer stopwatch, there are worse ways to spend $9,900.

-Paul

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230

A few years before I was born, my father owned a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S. Bought used in the early 1970s, he still waxes poetically about this car. At a time when foreign cars were scarce on the streets of Northeast Philadelphia, this befinned jet black saloon stood out. It certainly raised some eyebrows in my grandparent’s neighborhood the first time my father arrived to take my mom out on a date. It was the kind of car that screamed “I’m successful” or perhaps in this part of the world, “I’m connected.”

While his car was based on the more upmarket W111 chassis, the W110, previously available with four cylinders and diesel engines, became available with the same engine carburetted 2.3 liter inline six cylinder engine, the M130, that powered my dad’s 230S. Sold from 1965 through 1968, this was among the last of the fintails to be sold. This model, with it’s single round headlights, was simply dubbed the 230. Over the years, critics have pondered just how Mercedes could have capitulated to such a styling fad, but truth be told, the Heckflosse, or Fintail, has garnered it share of respect. This 230 for sale in California has some lesser seen options on this basic Benz, such as a sunroof and air conditioning.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on JamesList

Vin# 11001110034307 Miles: 87717 4 speed on the floor Sunroof 1967 marked the end of the long lasting production-run of the Mercedes Fintail models. Produced for 18 years and sold in many countries it made Mercedes Benz a household name all over the world. The featured 230 is one of the last cars produced and is titled as a 1968 model. It has the most option I have ever seen, including a sunroof with a matching windscreen made by Webasto and a Frigiking air conditioning unit (still blowing cold air, what is hard to believe). The car was always white and has been repainted in the same 050 white color. It still shows very nice but it is not a 10K paint job. There is very little rust and an untouched original floor pan (with no after-market undercoating or any kind of visible repairs). It looks like it never had any kind of accidents at all.

The chrome is mostly very nice but there are a few minor dents and dings in the bumpers. It would benefit greatly from some new door seals and some other rubber weather-stripping. There are no water spots around the sunroof on the headliner what indicates a good a tight sunroof seal. The original blue MB-Tex interior with blue carpet is in fantastic condition. Wood panels and door panels are nice and there are no cracks in the dash. The headliner has a few perforations in the back but still is very acceptable for a car that is 43 years old. The engine has just been serviced at our local Mercedes repair shop. The trunk floor is dry and just perfect. A new rubber mat is on order.

All of the books, owners manual and service manual are present but do show some water damage. It has an original spare rim and tire and also a jack. My first car was a Mercedes Fintail and therefore I have always had a great love and appreciation for these cars. I almost look at every single Heckflosse that is close by but hardly ever do I see one in this condition and so unmolested. I have taken the car on some extensive drives and she runs fantastic. The transmission shifts smooth through all gears. Just recently a new battery was installed and also both bumpers were complete rechromed and look like new. Some of the photos might still show the old bumpers.

I’m a big fan of this car. Like the seller, I’m partial to Fintails, and the fact that this is a 4-speed manual on the floor (like my father’s 230S) catches my interest even more. At almost $14,000, we are at the high end of what these base model Fintails go for these days. If this were a perfect concours example, we may be looking at a $15,000 car, but realistically, this car may bring somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000. Honestly though, I’d rather have this car than a perfectly restored 230. I wouldn’t feel guilty using something with patina like this. It would surprise many folks just how well these 1960s Mercedes sedans can cope in modern day traffic.

-Paul