We gave the Autostick Beetle a severe verbal beating yesterday ostensibly because it is a preposterously slow car to drive. How can it be that the very next day we can wax nostalgic about a similarly slow car also saddled with an autotragic transmission? Because driving an autostick Beetle makes you look like a poor dick, while driving a fintail Benz makes you look like a poor dictator. Small suffixes make a big difference. Find this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S currently bidding for $5,100 on eBay with 3 days to go, located in Riverside, CA.
The Mercedes-Benz W110 Heckflosse (German for Fintail) was styled with a small set of vestigial tails out back and a set of big pontoon style fenders up front. The W110 has aged extremely well from a cosmetic standpoint and is instantly given a little more space on the road from fellow motorists, probably because they expect the owner might be 100, but also because the classic shape oozes cool.
The 230S was the highest power option of the W110 family and used a 2.3 liter version of the M180 inline-6 that is rated at 118 horsepower and 137 ft-lbs of torque. With the 3-speed automatic this car will be slow, but not shoot-me slow. More like stab-me-lightly-in-the-leg slow.
This W110 is offered as a one-owner survivor and the interior looks in great shape for a non restored car. There are signs of wear, discoloration and other issues, but it looks fine for a cheap classic.
See another set of tailfins for less? firstname.lastname@example.org