This Mercedes 190 C from 1964 has completed the Danube Classics earlier this year without any problems. The car was originally delivered to the US, spent most of its life in sunny California and received German registration documents upon its arrival in Germany in 2014.
Beautifully painted in the original white grey (MB colour code 158), the outside is nicely contrasted by the dark blue interior in near-mint condition. The bright headliner is without the usual glue stains. A white Bakelite steering wheel and very nice dashboard complete the picture. Another highlight is the original Becker Europa. The odometer displays a low unwarranted mileage of 63,943 mls. Chrome is very good, the body devoid of visible rust.
The 1.9 litre petrol engine with 59 kW (80 hp) runs smooth, the 4-speed gearbox working as it should. Earlier this year, the car was serviced, all engine fluids exchanged and a number of new parts installed, among them battery, generator together with controller, all four wheel brake cylinders, brake pads and steering link heads. H4 headlights have been installed and a set of new Vredestein white wall tyres fitted. The Mercedes comes with historic plates and valid technical approval until 11/2018.
A very clean and elegant vehicle!
The vehicles colloquially referred to as “little tail fin” of the W 110 series were produced from 1961 to 1968. They belonged to the upper middle class of Mercedes and replaced the ponton series W120 / 121. Body, interior and luggage room sizes are substantially identical to the W111 series (“large tail fin”), which had entered the market in 1959.
All models have an unusual instrument panel with vertical roller speedometer (“clinical thermometer speedo”), where the display varies depending on the speed from yellow through red / yellow to red. All models also have the filler neck located behind the rear license plate, which folds down to allow access
The body was characterized by a hitherto unknown passive safety: It had for the first time a stable passenger cell and effective deformable zones. Mercedes conducted extensive crash tests, in which a vehicle was pushed over a ramp at 80 km/h in order to make it roll over.