– Mercedes-Benz 190 C from 1964, successful participant of the Danube Classics
– originally delivered to the US, spent most of its life in sunny California
– beautifully painted in the original white grey (MB colour code 158)
– dark blue interior in near-mint condition
– bright headliner without the usual glue stains
– white Bakelite steering wheel and original Becker Europa radio
– recently serviced, all engine fluids exchanged and a number of new parts installed
– new battery, generator together with controller
– new wheel brake cylinders, brake pads and steering link heads
– H4 headlights have been installed and a set of new Vredestein white wall tyres fitted
– German registration documents and historic plates, new technical approval upon purchase
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.