Lot 292 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 ‘Fintail’
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
The W110 'Fintail' was a line of midsize cars developed by Mercedes-Benz in the mid-1960s. They were introduced with the 190c and 190Dc saloon in April, 1961, replacing the W120 180c/180Dc and W121 190b/190Db and was the first series of Mercedes-Benz cars to be extensively crash tested for occupant safety. The body was derived from the W111 series but with a 145mm shorter nose and rounded headlights, although the rear end was identical to the W111 220b. The interior layout and dimensions were also identical to the W111 220b but with fewer options such as fixed-back seats and bakelite trim on the dashboard. Because the 190c and 190Dc models were basically a W111 220b with a shorter front, they offered the same interior and luggage space as the W111 series but with smaller and more fuel efficient engines.
This has to be amongst one of the finest and correct examples of its type, presented as it is, in outstanding condition throughout. The mileage of 52,400 is believed to be correct and the car is reported by the vendor as driving in an exemplary manner. Imported from the dry states of South Africa in 2000, the car is, and has always been, completely corrosion free. It has required no metal re-finishing or welding throughout its life. Nevertheless, it has recently benefitted from a bare metal re-paint in original colours and a full re-trim. A great opportunity to get into classic Mercedes-Benz motoring without the eye watering expense of major restorations or big money purchase price.
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