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The Mercedes-Benz W111 was first presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1959. Usually, Mercedes-Benz is more often a trendsetter than a follower of trends. This time, however, they allowed themselves to be tempted and inspired by the tailfins of those elegant yet sturdy American fifties cars. The W111 had the honour of ushering a decade of Mercedes-Benz ‘Fintail’, which is a considerable fragment of Mercedes-Benz history that cannot be overlooked.
As early as 1956, Mercedes-Benz felt that it was time to continue their legendary Ponton series, which would officially continue to be manufactured until 1963. A luxurious model was designed that would later prove to be influential in the designs of the future Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class: the W111. This model was not only influential, the W111 was primarily designed to promote passive traffic safety. Inside and out, there are no sharp corners that a passenger nor a pedestrian could be injured on. The car was also equipped with a crumple zone, something that only British car manufacturers had experimented with until that point. The interior features highest-quality leather, and the dashboard is meticulously finished with the right touches of wood, all representative of Mercedes-Benz, the brand that embodies luxury and comfort.
The immortal Fintail was so famous that Mercedes-Benz produced it in three series, all derived from this very W111. There was the smaller W110 variant and the slightly more powerful W112. In addition, several versions of the W111 itself were built. Available were the 220 b with 95 hp, the 220 Sb with 110 hp, and the 220SEb that produced 120 hp. In 1965, faster variants with 120 hp or 150 hp were introduced.
The W111 provided the first blueprints for the prestigious S-Class of Mercedes-Benz and was produced until 1968. They were built in large numbers, making it easy to find replacement parts for them. Classic Mercedes-Benz cars have acquired a cult status, which is only strengthened by a significant group of enthusiasts who share their passion. Additionally, the W111 is an accessible classic car for families, given its spacious dimensions.