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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Advice needed before buying wagon

My wife and I love the look of the fintail wagons. From what I've been able to tell, they're in the 280SE model, though I stand to be corrected. Any experience with these or things I should be aware of?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 01:12 AM
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The fintail wagons are usually W110's (single headlights on either side with indicators below, known as a W110 universal) or W112's (double headlights or long, oval lights on either side extending from bottom of bumper to top of front, essentially an S-class wagon).

As far as I know, lot's of parts are interchangable with normal W110 parts (as the wagons were factory conversions) so most parts are relatively easy to find. Wagon specific parts, such as the rear tail lights on a W110 wagon are very expensive (heard some go up to $400 a piece!) and very hard to find.

The W112 wagon is more rare than a W110 wagon (although both very rare) and are therefore harder to source parts for. I'd personally go with a W110 version.

You also have to remember that two conversions were made by two different companies. I can't remember the exact names, but one was called Binz and they made a "not as nice" conversion, keeping the original tail lights and literally just extending the roof. Another one was IMA and they did a way cleaner conversion, with new tail lights, new roof lines, etc.

Also a 280 SE is a W108 chassis and not a fintail, never came as a wagon. You're looking for W110's and W112's.

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Thanks Jackpody.
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From my understanding, they are very very rare and bring some crazy if you find one, regardless of condition or model I wouldn't hesitate to buy it!
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