5k: Desperately Seeking Horsepower: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200D Heckflosse W110

The W110 Heckflosse (German for fintail) was a 4-cylinder powered sedan built in Germany between 1961 and 1968.  It was the baby-brother to the higher end W111 that later morphed into the modern S-Class, but the W110 has its own set of fans today, mostly people who appreciate it for its simplicity and economy. It’s even more economical when equipped with a manual transmission.  Find this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200D Heckflosse for sale in Ventura, CA for $5,500 via craigslist.

The W110 chassis was built back when Mercedes-Benz put together quality automobiles…geologically slow, but still built like a tank.  The prevalence of old Mercs driving around southern California today is testament to their build quality, engineering and usability.

The engine under the hood is the OM621, a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated diesel 4-banger rated at 55 hp and 60 ft-lbs of torque.  Sub Beetle power levels in a 3500 lb
car equal 0-60 mph…in….wait for it…wait some more…29 seconds.  Top
speed was a laughable 81 mph.

A manual transmission will get you excited until you remember the lump of pig iron under the hood that make about as much power as a modern Mercedes does at idle speeds, but at least you won’t be saddled with an abominably slow car AND no stick shift.

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