Need advice on W111 models - Mercedes-Benz Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
10kpharo's Avatar
Date registered: Mar 2009
Vehicle: 1982 380SL/1955 Austin A30/2014 VW Beetle convertible/2005 Honda CRV/1964 Mobylette moped
Location: West Coast of New York
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Need advice on W111 models

Hello, everyone. I just turned 48, and I promised myself I would buy myself a classy vintage sedan or coupe for my 50th birthday. The search has begun for a W111 fintail model. I'm open on 2 door or 4 door. Prefer 6 cylinder, fuel injection, and the 'over and under' US spec headlights. I'd also like the red interior. I'll be looking for a really good one, hopefully with a known ownership history and service records. Don't need a mint or show car, as my desire is to drive 20 highway miles (each way) to work in the summer months in it.

So, does anyone know of any books written about the W111 models? Service manuals? Clubs for fintails, etc? I'd appreciate your thoughts, advice, suggestions. Thanks.
10kpharo is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 06:30 PM
BenzWorld Elite
Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: W111 Coupe
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 1,210
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Sedans are cheaper than Coupes. Then it's a question of personal taste. Here is a nice one with red interior: Mercedes-Benz : 200-Series : eBay Motors (item 160394363961 end time Jan-19-10 12:00:00 PST) Not injection though.
GGR is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 06:54 PM
BenzWorld Elite
thebenzbar's Avatar
Date registered: Feb 2005
Location: So.Flo.
Posts: 1,463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^ I agree, I have been watching that... very nice 111 and even though it's carb'd I'd take it.
thebenzbar is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2010, 12:48 PM
BenzWorld Elite
Ed Mclass's Avatar
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 90 300 SE ,85 300 GD
Location: Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Posts: 1,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Post 50th Anniversay of the W111

The W111 celebrated its' 50th Anniversary in 2009. The first one rolled off the line in 1959.
You don't specify any Diesels, but they also made several 190D and 200D models in those 50 years. They were W110, still had fins on the back.
Here is a sample of some that were made:

1959-1965, 190D, 4-cyl Diesel
1959-1965 220 6-cyl gas model, base model
1958-1965 220S 6-cyl gas model, extra hp and interior goodies
1959-1965 220SE 6-cyl fuel injected
1961-1967 300SE 6-cyl fuel injected Flagship model
1965-1968 200 6-cyl gas
1965-1968 200D 4-cyl diesel
1965-1968 230 6-cyl gas
1965-1968 230S 6-cyl gas

Mileage is terrible, but fun to drive. Rust takes over long before the engine quits. I have owned 3 over the years. Also a 1964 220Sb Coupe.
Ed Mclass is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2010, 05:19 PM
BenzWorld Elite
thebenzbar's Avatar
Date registered: Feb 2005
Location: So.Flo.
Posts: 1,463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Mercedes Heckflosse (or Fintail) Homepage is a great site for everyone to learn or refresh.
thebenzbar is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 06:39 AM
BenzWorld Elite
POS's Avatar
Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 1966 250SE Cab, 1989 500SEL euro
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,561
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
My suggestion would be to (a) learn as much as you can by reading and going to look at a bunch of MBs, (b) troll the MBCA sites, forums, etc. for a car from an individual, and (c) get to know the difference b/w "a good one" and "an amazing one".

I think you'll find lots of good ones, but you really should be looking for something special - a two-owner car (possibly three), all original, well-treated its whole life, documentation showing its past, etc. I've found that you tend to fall in love with the "special" cars more than you do on just some "cool fintail".

- Brian

1989 500SEL ECE
1966 Mercedes 250SE Cabriolet
1958 BMW Isetta 600
POS is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 08:07 AM
BenzWorld Extremist
50$84sd's Avatar
Date registered: Oct 2009
Vehicle: 1965 220se w111 *******1984 300sd w126 *******1991 350sd w126
Location: SO CAL USA
Posts: 911
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Any updates, have you made a purchase. Later.

50$84sd is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Vintage Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
w111 ds58 Vintage Mercedes-Benz 0 12-23-2009 12:00 PM
W111 advice needed please... Montclair Benz Vintage Mercedes-Benz 2 09-13-2008 03:54 PM
W111 mechanical fuel injection cold start 1963 W111 220 SEB MercedesOtto Vintage Mercedes-Benz 1 07-29-2007 03:29 PM
Paddles on new models, can they be retrofited to exising models in place of the buttons? aquascape R171 SLK-Class 48 06-01-2007 08:46 AM
CLK differences - USA models vs. Euro models eerola C208/A208 CLK-Class 7 06-06-2003 12:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Title goes here

video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome