139 Mercedes 220Sb (W111) Fintail Saloon (1962) 671 XUS

Mercedes 220Sb (W111) (1959-65) Engine 2195cc S6 OC M180.941 / R 6 Production 161119

Chassis Number 11101220138555

Refistration Number 671 XUS (Glasgow)



The W111 was the the successor to the Pontoon, and is often referred to as the Fin Tail. The body is wider with a greatly increased glass area. Designed with energy absorbing crumple zones front and rear a first in vehicle design, and newly patented retractable seat belt., Designed for both European and US markets the car had up to the minute styling,the sleek new body featured tail fins, a styling device then much in vogue, which gave the models their nickname: Heckflosse (Fintail), with much attention paid to improving passenger comfort and safety, and better visibility.

The engine was an uprated version of the well proven 6 cylinder, fitted with twin carburettors and usually sold with an Automatic gearbox, producing 110PS and was good for 102mph Fuel-injected ‘SE’ versions followed, the coupé and cabriolet models lacking the saloon’s swiftly outdated tail fins, while front disc brakes were standardised on the 220 Sb in April 1962. Production ceased in 1965.

This car was presented for Auction Sale in the in show Coys Auction a three owner car, it underwent a major bare metal restoration in 2013. Works carried out include replacing the front floor panels, the inner and outer front sill panels, and the off-side front inner wheel arch, while the underside has been sealed and the body re-sprayed in its original Antique Ivory, rubber seals for the doors, windscreen, rear screen and boot have all been replaced. The seats have been reupholstered in red leather, and all the carpets replaced. Mechanically, the original engine has been stripped and reassembled with all new seals and gaskets. The car was described by the vendor as in excellent condition throughout. It sold for £ 11,150

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