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The irony is that on these early cars the headrests are basically useless for anyone taller than 5'4". I wonder how/if they marketed them back in the pre-crumple zone era.
Remember that the W111 was designed with the earliest crumple zones, my '62 has them. Very far ahead of their time!

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I really WOULD like to know from owners of cars with such headrests whether or not they are useful for a tall person.

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Remember that the W111 was designed with the earliest crumple zones, my '62 has them. Very far ahead of their time!

Wow. Even the ponton apparently had the concept.

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"An early example of the crumple zone concept was used by the Mercedes-Benz engineer Béla Barényi on the mid 1950s Mercedes-Benz "Ponton".[13] This innovation was first patented by Mercedes-Benz in the early 1950s. The patent 854157, granted in 1952, describes the decisive feature of passive safety. Barényi questioned the opinion prevailing till then, that a safe car had to be rigid. He divided the car body into three sections: the rigid non-deforming passenger compartment and the crumple zones in the front and the rear. They are designed to absorb the energy of an impact (kinetic energy) by deformation during collision.[14]"

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2 sets currently for sale on eBay around $1600 to $1800 each set I think. I have a set in my 1963 W111 220SB. They do pivot to adjust.
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