Mercedes Benz 220S
1961 Mercedes 220S supplied new by Mercedes Japan.
This beautifly preserved example is ready to drive away. Aftermarket air-conditioning proffesionally fitted.
‘Work on the new breed of Fintail saloons began in the mid-1950s under the under supervision of Dr Fritz Nallinger. His team of dedicated experts were all committed to the common goal of adhering to the highest attainable engineering standards. Nothing less would have been acceptable from Daimler-Benz.
Introduced at the 1959 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 220 S saloon was one of three six-cylinder (W 111) models sharing a new up-to-the-minute body style. This new trio featured unitary construction bodies, independent suspension all round (at the rear by means of a single-pivot swing axle) and powerful servo-assisted drum brakes. Much attention had been paid to improving passenger comfort and safety, the cabin being enlarged and the glass area increased for better visibility, while the incorporation of front and rear crumple zones represented a milestone in automotive safety technology. Designed to appeal equally to European and North American markets, the sleek new body featured tail fins, a styling device then much in vogue, which gave the models their nickname: Heckflosse (Fintail).
Powered by an up-rated (110bhp DIN, 124bhp SAE in the USA) version of its predecessor’s 2,195cc overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, the 220 S was good for a top speed of around 165km/h standardised on the 220 S in April 1962. Production ceased in 1965.
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