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Vintage Rally 230S Fintail: Shock & Tire

I just bought a '67 230S and my plans are to do some vintage rallies with it. I bought a set of 14" wheels from a W108 but I'm having trouble picking a reasonably priced tire. Any thoughts? I'd like to keep the speedo as accurate as possible so I need to stay as close to the 26" diameter of the stock setup.

Then I thought about new shocks. Does anyone have any input on what's available? I do like how Konis helped my Alfa Spider and I'm not a big fan of gas shocks for vintage cars.
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This is purely out of curiosity but could we have a couple pictures of the Heckflosse?
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I think it is a good start.
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Haha, looks great man.
I would not get gas / compressed air shocks for it either. I'm not so sure about the rest though, never done rallying and never done anything to the wheels of my W108.
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I would just stick with the factory Bilsteins. However, there is a guy in Oz who rallies a 230S - if you really want I could ask him what advice he may have?
I was reading an October copy of the UK mag 'Classic and Sports Car' the other day and saw a rally prepped finnie in there for sale - at 30,000 pounds! Must be a very special car to command that sort of money.
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That would be very kind of you to ask him. Yea, a 30,000 pound Fintail must be something to see.
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That's a beauty!

I have two 67 230s, one of which I am in the middle of prepping for vintage rallying, it is a 4-on the floor. I'm in LA, CA. I have w123 14" wheels on mine with Michelins that came on them, got them off CL from a wrecked 300D.

check out this thread, this fellow has got a nice fintail and there's some great info on suspension upgrades using W108 300SEL parts...check out Mercmad 6.3 's reply, 2nd from the bottom of the thread

1967 230S W111 Fintail Rally Car Project w/Pics - PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum

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I am familiar with Randy's car but finding this link answers lots of questions. No need to pester him via email anymore! I've been wanting to build a W111 for years but got side-tracked with an Alfa project. But I found the right car finally so I am off and running. I'm not a big fan of engine/transmission swaps as I am more of a purist. But hey, that's just me.
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That's a lovely car, is it a real euro model? Doesn't appear to have the inset cone lights between the headlights.

I hope it doesn't get modified too much, looks like a beautiful survivor, maybe a grade above my own decent W111, which I have toyed with making into a period style rally/racer, but I don't have the heart to modify it.
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That's a lovely car, is it a real euro model? Doesn't appear to have the inset cone lights between the headlights.

I hope it doesn't get modified too much, looks like a beautiful survivor, maybe a grade above my own decent W111, which I have toyed with making into a period style rally/racer, but I don't have the heart to modify it.
It was purchased by an US Army Colonel while stationed in Germany. His next post was Puerto Rico and he took the car with him. After he stopped driving he gave the car to his grand daughter. She in turn sold it to my seller in Seattle who owned it for 2 years.

I am a purist in the sense that I prefer my upgrades to be period correct. In other words, you won't be seeing a V-8 nestled in the engine bay any time soon. I'll keep the board posted as I progress. But that won't be much before the end of January.
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