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?
With the explosion of SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, we tend to forget there was a time when the mainstay utilitarian vehicle in the product lineup was the T-model, more commonly known on these shores as the wagon. While the first factory wagons from Mercedes-Benz were the W123s in the late 1970s, there were a few coachbuilt examples that appeared before that. One of these was the Universal model based on the W110 chassis. This example for sale in California gives the five-door fan a rare chance at combining classic Mercedes looks with the utility of an estate.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Universal on eBay
It wasn’t until the late 1970s with the introduction of the W123 T-model that Mercedes-Benz had a proper modern estate in their lineup. However, there were a few limited production examples that saw the light of day in the preceding decades, such as this 1967 200D Universal converted by the Dutch firm I.M.A. Malines. Available in four different models, 200, 200 D, 230 and 230S, these five-door W110s were manufactured between 1965 and 1967. This example for sale in Oregon isn’t perfect, but it runs and would make a good base for a restoration project.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200D Universal on eBay
An uncommon buying opportunity for the vintage wagon lover. This Mercedes isn’t the most visually stimulating car for the untrained eye with the relatively plain…