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…
It’s amazing what happens to a car when you put fins on it. That’s what happened to the entry level line Mercedes-Benz in 1961. The W110 was a perfectly tame, conservatively styled basic sedan all the way up to the point past the rear axle then the fins come out and the crowd goes wild. Because of these fins, the W110 now carries the name ‘Heckflosse’ which is of course is German for ‘Fintail.’ These Heckflosse sedans were nothing special outside of the style point and Mercedes really didn’t plan for them to be their flagship. You had two options for the engine in a 1.9 liter gas four cylinder or the 2.0 liter diesel. Both a little under powered, but sturdy and dependable. With the newest of these cars just being almost 50 years old, the Heckflosse is starting to become more rare by the year. So let’s take a look at this wonderful 190D for sale in New Jersey.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Mercedes-Benz 190D on eBay
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 Geländewagen 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.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on eBay
The W110 is where the Mercedes-Benz fascination started in my family, with my father having owned a 1962 190C during his years of bachelorhood. There are times I miss owning a Mercedes, even though I’d never give up the MINI Cooper S I currently own. I have no doubt that someday I’ll return back to a Mercedes-Benz, but it would have to be a vintage one. This 1966 200 for sale in Illinois is one of the nicest W110s I’ve seen in recent years. The green over tan livery is smart looking and the four-speed manual shift on the floor is a rather rare option, as you generally see a lot of column shifters on these mid-sixties Mercs.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200 on eBay
Even when you consider their historical involvement in motorsports, there are some Mercedes-Benz vehicles which, on the surface, seem ill-suited to racing. Such is the case with this rally prepared 1967 230 for sale in California. The Mercedes tradition in my family began with a 1962 190C, so I have a soft spot for these W110s. The late 1960s would spell the end for the Heckflosse, or Fintail, but today, they are one of the most accessible Mercedes-Benz classics to be had.