Mercedes Benz - W111 Fintail (1959 to 1972)
The "Fintail" (German: Heckflosse ) was a series of luxury cars produced by Mercedes-Benz from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s under the W111 chassis code. Though never officially designated as such (they were designated Peilstege, marking the end of the car in rear view mirror), the cars gained the nickname because of the distinctive rear-end which incorporates small tailfins, thought to be an understated attempt to appeal to the United States market at the time (with their outrageously finned cars, such as the Cadillacs and Buicks of the times).

 

The Fintail is considered part of the lineage of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship model, particularly the initial 6-cylinder W111 and more luxurious W112 models. A 4-cylinder version, the W110, was introduced in 1962. In the S-Class lineage, the Fintail models were succeeded by the larger W108/W109 lines.

Germany
Germany
Mercedes Benz 220-click for a larger picture
Mercedes Benz 220 1963
Mercedes Benz 220 SE W111 Cabrio
Location
Tiefenbronn by Pforzheim
County
Karlsruhe, Germany
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Number of persons:5 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto  4 speedLeather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio
Mercedes Benz 230-click for a larger picture
Mercedes Benz 230 1967
Mercedes Benz 230 Heckflosse
Location
Munich
County
Bavaria, Germany
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Number of persons:4 Luggage: 2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Audio:radio
Mercedes Benz 190-click for a larger picture
Mercedes Benz 190 1965
Mercedes Benz 190 DC Fintail
Location
Graefelfing
County
Munich / Munchen, Germany
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Audio:radio cassette
Mercedes Benz 200-click for a larger picture
Mercedes Benz 200 1967
Mercedes Benz 200 Fintail
Location
Forsten b. Munich
County
Bavaria, Germany
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Number of persons:4 Luggage: 2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Audio:radio
Mercedes Benz 220-click for a larger picture
Mercedes Benz 220 1962
Mercedes Benz 220SE Cabriolet
Company
Oldie Rent
Location
Koln (Cologne)
County
Germany
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Audio:radio
The Fintail models were pioneers of the automotive safety feature of crumple zones, which absorb the energies of a collision. The idea for crumple zones came from Bela Barenyi who worked as an engineer for Mercedes-Benz.

 

The fintail models consisted of three basic platforms:

  • W111 - Standard 6-cylinder luxury cars, introduced in 1959
  • W112 - Ultra-luxurious variants with air suspension, introduced in 1961
  • W110 - Cheaper, 4-cylinder models with a shortened hood, introduced in 1962; "Kleinflosse" in German
As is standard practice for most automobile manufacturers, several different engine combinations and interior trim options were applied to the basic platforms, to create many different models.

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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