I have always admired the Mercedes-Benz Fintail series. For
some reason; mainly to be able to compete in the US cars’ market and to follow
the 1960s trend, Mercedes-Benz “went crazy” and added “wings” or “tails” to the
newly designed sedans intended to replace the already aging pontons.
|The late style 180b/c ponton overlapped with the Fintail series (Photo: Nadim Bou Habib) |
|The early 190 Fintail shared the same wheels, front blinkers and grill with the late 180b/c. Notice the wrong star (Photo: Dona Bardawil)|
|A blue 4 cylinders 190 Sedan|
The four cylinders (190 and later 200) and the six cylinders
(220S and its variants and the rare 300S) models of the Fintail series, had a
successful career and an impressive look. Particularly, the six cylinders
models with their big wings and long headlights enclosing the front blinkers had
an imposing “attitude”.
|The imposing 220S, unlike the 4 cylinders 190, the front blinkers migrated from the rear fenders to the headlights|
|A rare automatic 220S; notice the beautiful design of the rear wings, the huge taillights and the 13' wheels|
|Pleanty of room to work on the powerful 220 liters 6 cylinders engine. Notice the dual carburetors |
Two years ago; I spotted in Mar Mikhael - Beirut a tired
blue with beige interior 220S Fintail. Upon close inspection, the car looked
complete with a relatively acceptable interior. However, rust was peacefully
and generously eating its body.
|Broken headlights glasses and missing star. Notice the rust on the front fenders (Photo: Dona Bardawil)|
To my surprise, I found out that the car was for sale; I
quickly called the owner who turned out to be living in the building under which
the car was parked. An old funny guy, who had bought the car new back in 1963
and used it extensively until he stopped driving due to health reasons.
|Rusted trunk, and broken/faded taillights. Notice the reflectors added on the wings (Photo: Dona Bardawil)|
in the car, had a look at its engine, trunk and dashboard that surprisingly was
still housing the original Becker LeMans AM/ LW tube radio.
|Simple and classy 220S dashboard. Unfortunately, the dashboard of our 220S needs a lot of refreshing|
|2 front seats that can easily accommodate 3 persons; notice the discrete pockets on the front doors interior|
|Spacious interior and folding arm rest. Notice the wood strips on the doors' interior|
I fell in love with the car and found it an excellent
candidate for an extensive restoration that would give it back its formal
glory; unfortunately, the owner was asking for 5000$ non negotiable, an amount
that I found and still find huge for a sedan in a similar condition.
|Missing hubcaps and chrome strips. These strips are very difficult to find (photo: Dona Bardawil)|
2012 passed, followed by 2013 and now 2014…Every six months I
used to call the owner asking for the price of the car; he never showed any
willingness to go lower than 5000$. I hope 2015 would make him change his mind;
the car has a history and deserves to be saved.
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