Saturday, October 24, 2015

Butterscotch W110: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190C

The Mercedes-Benz W110 Heckflosse (German for fintail) was an affordable 4-cylinder sedan built from 1961 through 1968.  It is instantly recognized by the 50's throwback tailfins and single headlights on the end of serious pontoon fenders.  Find this 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190C offered for $7,800 in Fletcher Hills, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

This butterscotch colored classic is being sold by the grandson of the original owner who appears to have inherited it after 50 years of ownership.  The strange part is when the seller says his grandpa purchased it from Germany when he was in "the war."  What war was happening in Germany in 1962?  The Cold War is the only reasonable answer, but who knows.

This 190C is powered by a  1.9 liter 4-banger good for around 90 horsepower and shifted via a 4-speed column mounted gear lever.  It won't be the fastest thing on the road, but it should pile up the miles with basic maintenance and look classier than anything in the same price range.

See a better way to drive around (slowly) in style?


  1. I wish this was in a color from the German Rainbow. Light Gray to Black.

    1. "German Rainbow".... I love it. Thanks for a morning smile.

    2. I think Butterscotch is an optimistic way of saying "blow-up doll beige".

    3. ahem - i get first crack at naming colors around here - this one I will call: tuchas

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  3. Mercedes had some ugly colors back in the day but there paint held up very well.

  4. Never mind paint, you guys - the real story with these cars is their infamous swing-axle rear suspension. A German favorite (VW and Porsche used 'em - including 911s), these systems had a well-known tendency for snap oversteer at throttle lift-off, say if you were cooking a corner a bit briskly and wanted to rein it in. As in a 911, you had to learn to suck it up and push through the corner instead, which was surely counter-intuitive and almost certainly dangerous if you chickened out. My epihany came on US 1 in California, south of Russian River. Only the lone manzanilla tree for two miles in either direction saved us from sliding into the Pacific. So paint it any color you want (mine was medium blue with a matching interior swapped from a 220SE), it'll do its German best to kill you one day anyway.

  5. Original owner family AND a sunroof! Be still my heart. I had a '67 200 a longgg time ago. Had a ball with it. Had curtains in the rear windows that was a print of the crowd at Woodstock. Kids!


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