Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: W111 Coupe
Location: Washington DC
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I'm not sure Paul Bracq (if this is the designer you are refering to) designed the W111 Coupe. I remember reading that his first task when he joined MB was to design the famous "Pagoda" hard top for the W113.
[Edit: Paul Bracq joined MB in 1957 after the W111 "fintail" sedan was designed. He reworked the hard-top of the 190 SL by adding a bigger rear window. He then fully designed the W113, W100 and W111 Coupe/Cabrio.]
Later, he designed the W108 getting inspiration from the W111 Coupe for the rear end. He wanted to replace the vertical front headlights by horizontal ones ala W116 (already), but this was resisted by the then MB management who saw vertical headlights as the MB treadmark. So Paul Bracq is not the "father" of the vertical headlamps on MB front ends,as they were already present on the fintail. And stacked head lamps are only an adaptation of the original vertical headlamps to meet the US regulations which by then only acepted sealed beams.
The "wonderfull stack headlamps" style was not created by Mercedes, and was indeed of French inspiration. Not Paul Bracq, but Jean Daninos, first stack on the superb Facel Vega FV and HK 500 and then plain on the Facel II and Facelia. MB seems to have got is inspiration from there, before Paul Bracq joined MB.
The W111 Coupe is indeed very beautiful. I also like the cabriolet very much, but only with the top up. I don't like it as much as the pagoda with the top down...
Converting a W111 Coupe into a cab is feasible, but involves a lot of work as a lot of chassis elements are different, as was already mentioned earlier. Not doing it properly will end-up into serious rigidity issues.
Last edited by GGR; 01-12-2010 at 02:47 PM.