5k: Hecka Cheap: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 190C Heckflosse

The W110 Heckflosse (Fintail) was built from 1961-1968 as the
affordable 4-cylinder option from Mercedes-Benz and is instantly
recognizable from its 50’s throwback tailfins and single headlights with vestigial pontoon styling up front.  With an automatic transmission, the W110 will be excruciatingly
slow car in today’s traffic, but it exudes a charm, charisma and
tank-like solidity that is unmatched by the cookie-cutter crap that is squeezed from the sphincters of today’s automobile factories.  Find this 1965 Mercedes Benz 190C Heckflosse offered for $3,600 near Portland, OR via craigslist.  Another great tip from the tipper only known as FuelTruck. 

Another Mercedes so soon?  It has been a heavy Mercedes-Benz week on these pages, but as all of the DT writers have owned/driven the Teutonic titans over the years it seems to make sense.  You won’t be able to get your drift on or nail apexes in a W110, but you will savor the miles and look down your nose at everyone else.  The 1.9 liter inline-4 is good for 90 horsepower, or enough to get you down the street without being rear-ended by folks in mobility scooters.

This may not be the cheapest Heckflosse available on the market (rusty basket case W110s go for next to nothing), but it appears to be cosmetically acceptable from the outside and run/drive…what else can you expect from a sub $4k car (that isn’t a Beetle!) from the mid sixties.  Even at a condition 4 (Daily Driver), Hagerty pegs this car closer to a $6-7k value, so as long as there isn’t any hidden rust or impending mechanical doom, this looks like a deal.

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