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Mercedes-Benz tail fin, its history
The Mercedes-Benz Tail Fin Era
It is one on a morning in May 1959. The sun is shining, there is tension in the air. Curtain up for a new Mercedes-Benz! This could have been the script these days. The outdated pontoon series gradually withdraws with its models. The Mercedes-Benz tail fin era begins.
What is now standing in front of them is known to connoisseurs as the "Great Fin", a striking design by Karl Wilfert. The engineers, on the other hand, speak soberly of the W 111 model. For the rest, there is a new luxury saloon from Mercedes-Benz.
The W 111 portfolio: The W 111 was built between 1959 and 1968 as the 220, 220 S, 220 SE and 230 S models. Characteristic features of this Mercedes model series are a stable passenger cell, crumple zones in the front and rear areas and a straight six-cylinder engine. In addition, 220 SE has front disc brakes and the 230 S (111.010) has a hydropneumatic compensating spring on the rear axle, which provides additional comfort. Since the Mercedes Ponton series is still being built with some models until 1962, the models of the W 111 series have the addition "(b)" in the internal type designation.
The portfolio of the W 111 was supplemented in 1961 by a version with four seats based on a W 111 Coupé and W 111 Cabriolets. Here the rear is kept deliberately simple. No tail fin attributes are used at all. Altogether here a design is presented, which will be found in the future Mercedes Benz models W 108 and W 109 (both link to text to S-Class). Since at this time the concept of identical components is still regarded as a foreign word, these models are almost exclusively handmade. As a result, their price is twice as high as that of the sedans. While W 110 / 111 and 112 have their general end of production 1968, these two types are still built until 1971 and receive even two years before end of production still another V-eight cylinder.
Interesting to note: For design reasons, insiders distinguish the six-cylinder model from the eight-cylinder model by speaking of "flat radiator" and "high radiator". The following features are characteristic: 1. the bonnet curvature and 2. the radiator grille ribs (the six has four and the eight has three).
Family growth, the first
In 1961 the "big fin" gets a little brother. Its internal designation is W 110. It rounds off the model range in the direction of the upper middle class. Technically, this is made clear by smaller engines (in-line four-cylinder), visually by less chrome trim, filigree lighting elements and a 15-centimetre shortened front end. This model series also offers a diesel engine. This was the 190 D from the ponton, which was replaced in 1965 by the 200 D (110.110). From 1954 to 1968 (or 1972) Mercedes-Benz thus has a unique selling point. Especially the taxi entrepreneurs appreciate this very much. The 230 with its straight six-cylinder engine, which was produced from 1965 to the end of production (1968), formed the interface to the W 111.
Family growth, the second
Also in 1961, Mercedes-Benz launched another model series on the market. The models in the W 112 series are based on the optical luxury details of the W 111 and are fitted with a 3.0-litre straight-six-cylinder engine. Only here is "officially" also a long version for the limousine of the clientele offered. Technically this type is refined by a differential lock, disc brakes in front and behind, as well as an air suspension. There is also a coupé and cabriolet version of the W112.
Due to the unchanged wheelbase, they are each four-seater versions, which are largely handcrafted due to the lack of identical components with the sedan and therefore have a princely price. With regard to the design of the rear, it is the same for the two as for those from the W 111 series. It has a discreet and simple design and already offers a first glimpse of future models. Mercedes-Benz invented the ritual of "flowing transitions". This means that developments that will become standard in future models will be presented to the drivers of this brand before time.
What they all have in common is that in addition to the coupé and cabriolet variations already described, which are manufactured by Mercedes-Benz, there are also special bodies such as the seven-seater 200 D (110.110) from the W 110 family, or the "Universal", a forerunner of today's "T-Model". This body shape can be found on the W 110, the W 111 and the W 112. Mercedes-Benz also supplies chassis of these series, some with extended wheelbases, to external specialists such as Binz, Miesen and IMA in Belgium. In this way, the wishes and needs of different customer groups can be met.
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