MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1
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Excerpts from the book:
Mercedes 190 Fintail
When the new Mercedes 190 fintail generation was launched in April 1961, it became obvious that Daimler-Benz had improved its single body-concept for its entire range of cars even further. What had started already with the Mercedes ponton cars, had been perfected again. From the A-pillar onwards, all four and six-cylinder cars shared the same body and chassis, which included not only passenger compartment and trunk, but also the fine-tuned suspension of the more expensive versions. Naturally all safety features, many of which had set industry standards when they were first introduced, were available to all variations, four-cylinder models included. The advantage of a shared body was mainly economic, as Daimler-Benz was able to save on costs for development and construction. At the end, an almost identical chassis was available in eleven variations for cars from 55 to 170hp. It should also serve as basis for the soon to be launched coupes and cabriolets and with small adaptations later even for the successor models>>>
Experiencing the Mercedes 190 Diesel Fintail
<<<Today, fifty years after their introduction, the situation is of course somewhat different. The taxis have disappeared, the workhorse aura has given way to mostly fond memories. The W110 has slowly matured into the collector car scene. Today it is almost hip to be seen in a four-cylinder fintail. As it lacks the six-cylinder, the hood is shorter and the front and rear slightly different, less excentric. That will ensure that it will never reach prices of a well maintained W111. Really good examples of a W110 seldom change hand and if they do, they can easily fetch $12,000.-. A W111 in similar good condition has already reached and broken the $20,000.- barrier.
If one can live with the shorter nose and the slightly noisier diesel tone and just looks for a suitable, economical transport from the sixties, the 190D and its later version the 200D are almost unbeatably attractive. They offer generous accommodation to sit five in comfort, a huge trunk and the dependability of an indestructible diesel. Add to that a suspension that was designed for cars almost triple its power and the first modern safety cell. And do not forget that many car manufacturers offered safety devices such as collapsible steering columns only ten years after Daimler-Benz had introduced them as standard features on all their vehicles.>>>
If you want to read in much more detail about the Mercedes W110 fintail, its coachbuilders and the virtues of owning a Mercedes W110 190 diesel, then please go here for the printed book and here for the e-book. The printed book covers all fintail cars from the W111 220, 230 series, the 190,200,230, the 300SE to the W111, W112 coupe and cabriolets. The e-book deals with all four-cylinder W110 versions from the 190c to the 200D, plus the six-cylinder W110 230. Both offer plenty of new color pictures never published in a book before. I am sure you will like it.
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MERCEDES 190 c / 200 / 230
Mercedes 190 c / 200 / 230 W110 Fintail (1961 - 1968)
New books about Mercedes cars of the 1960s