Mercedes 190 fintail, the workhorse of the 1960s

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Mercedes 190

Fintail, the workhorse of the

There was nothing fancy the Mercedes 190 Diesel and its successor the 200 Half of them were black or beige and had taxi on their roofs and the other were owned by farmers, bakers etc. All of them grossly misused, almost serviced and had the right taillight from heavy smoke out of the exhaust under full

When it was early winter the time it took to start the was sufficient to brew yourself a cup of And once the engine ran, you up half the neighborhood. That was the albeit somewhat simplified of a large percentage of the population in the of an old Mercedes diesel.

On a more note, they were so built that they regarded as utterly, even dependable. They ran forever and the reason to part with was, when corrosion had away the better part of bodies. Then they either sold for parts or up as taxi in the Middle East, economical transportation for millions of for years to come.

Countless Middle East and families depended on the car as their income, because as taxi it did not ask for just diesel and an occasional of oil. Even the latter was granted.

But we are running with our ahead of time. When the fintail model was launched in in form of the six-cylinder 220S and SE, management had decided that a new generation of cars would be on the new uni-body concept. Two years the next models followed in of the four-cylinder 190 and the venerable 300SE. Not all Benz owners liked a concept though.

And the expensive with air-suspension was living of it. Despite its undeniable qualities few customers opted for it.

As they all the same platform, the new internally W110 Mercedes 190 was now a fairly automobiles. One of the few differences to its more siblings was the shorter front, as the engines were smaller their six-cylinder counterparts.

The Mercedes 190 had the same generous space as its larger and more W111/W112 cousins

Six-cylinder car owners had already complained in the that the four-cylinder versions look too similar to their That is why Daimler-Benz had altered the of the new cars and had adopted single headlamps instead of the vertical They also incorporated the small turn lights on sides of the fenders plus the they had used already on the models.

The rear of the car was with its taillights identical to the 220b, served as entry ticket to six-cylinder heaven.

Aside the styling discussions the press the agility and road holding of the new Mercedes 190. Customers appreciated the of the passenger compartment and the size of the And combined with a durable and diesel engine, taxi in many parts of the world the fintail for the next two decades.

One of the benefits of the uni-body concept was the cheaper cars could all the important safety features, the 220 was applauded for.

A padded was also standard feature on the cars, but all wood was replaced by

Throughout its life the car received a few improvements. In summer of 1962 a new automatic transmission became And in 1965 a slightly revised with a new name was born.

The had finally come for Daimler-Benz to do with the uni-body concept and two distinctly different models. The fintails were replaced by the modern looking 250 series, called W108 (although the lived on in form of the 230S 1968). And the Mercedes 190 soldered on for another three years as 200 and in mildly upgraded clothes.

which were previously an extra, and indicators were now together  

The front indicators moved the upper fender position the headlights. In Europe they incorporated small fog lights. For the American market those fog were not available.

The fins at the did not have the chrome cover instead they had chrome below the trunk lid and rear The rear indicators were now in color in all markets except the US.

Mercedes 190

And its counterpart

More upgrades had under the hood. When new in little work was required for the modern petrol engine. was invested at that time to the diesel.

This time it was the way around. Both engines five crankshaft bearings of previously three, which them run quieter, something the needed more than the engine. As the petrol engine#8217;s bore was increased, displacement had now to two liters (122 cu in). the power output increased 85 hp to now 95.

The diesel remained at 55 hp.

The revised 200 was thirstier than its predecessor

The changed very little

An introduction to the line was the six-cylinder which was supposed to fill the of the abandoned entry level With its 105 hp and two downdraft carburetors it was a car, but it quickly became as a gasoline guzzler. Daimler-Benz in 1966 to replace the engine the 120 hp power plant of the more 230S.

The 230 was the only W110 a standard rear center all others offered it only as an

Compared with the six-cylinder 250 the W110 body looked now dated, but the sales, largely by the diesel, did not suffer. Mercedes have never been to chase the latest design they were after and reliability. Some 70,000 opted for the petrol version of the 200 mid 1965 to early 1968. As seen with the 190c the diesel was again more as around 162,000 customers this model.

Also the first six-cylinder in a Mercedes proved to be quite as around 40,200 units of the 230 be sold. All W110 versions managed to find 628,282 from 1961 to 1968. way the small fintail accomplished to the most successful Mercedes in the twenty-five years after the

If you want to read much about the Mercedes 190 and other models of the 1960s, all of that is in my books and e-books and can be ordered my website. They offer to the cars’ history the experience to own or one of these great vehicles and plenty of non-Daimler-Benz color most of which have been published in a book I am sure you will enjoy.

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