Mercedes Benz 220S Fintail

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Mercedes Benz 220S Fintail

1958 - 1968
Country:
Germany
Engine:
6 cyl. overhead cam
Capacity:
2195 cc
Power:
100hp
Transmission:
4 spd. man / 4 spd. auto
Top Speed:
105 mph / 168 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
Mercedes 220S Fintail
The Mercedes 220 and 220S were part of the middle range or Mercedes saloons built from 1958 to 1968.

The 220S is considered by collectors to be amoung the best of the group, a cut above the lower models and one of the first cars to feature crumple zones and, from April 1962, a dual hydraulic braking system (these two systems were seen as the beginning of safety engineering in current motor vehicles).

Born into an era when Mercedes were still in love with the idea of the swing axle, the "Fintails" at least had the low pivot type - favored by most drivers and deemed to provide better road holding ability.

Today there are still many "Finnies" on the road, such was the high build quality of these cars, and because the fins that were to date the design of the car so quickly are now seen as an excercise in design and beauty the 220 and 220S are appreciating in value.

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