By on May 20, 2014

15 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Mercedes-Benz W110 makes a good endurance racer, and plenty of examples are still on the street. I see a few of these tailfin-equipped cars in wrecking yards, but most of them are so picked over and/or obliterated by 500,000 miles of hard use that I don’t bother photographing them. Here’s one that’s still pretty complete, spotted in a Denver yard last week.
03 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinMuch of the interior is gone, but the seats are still present and in very nice condition.
06 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinEither these were recovered at some point or Mercedes-Benz was using some very impressive upholstery materials in these cars.
08 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWith 118 horses, the M180 I6 was not going to propel this car to many dragstrip victories, but it was smooth and reliable.
16 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinNot many cars still had tailfins in the second half of the 1960s.
14 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe bubble-style rear glass was also becoming dated.
05 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWould the threat of a $200 reward scare off a potential car thief today?
10 - 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinNot worth restoring, even in rust-free condition, but it’s still saddening to see a solid car like this get crushed.

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19 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230...”

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    That’s sad to see as very few of these don’t have rusted out floor pans .

    That S Klasse with the dual carbys , isn’t as slow as the more common single carby models .


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      Roger that. And I wish my 220 had a solid front bumper like that. That’s how I learned that the old gasser had a front crumple zone with the bumper mounted to sheet metal. In Min-te-so-ta.

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    Jerry returned from the 7-11, and as he opened the door to the Benz, noted that the headliner had fallen down. It had survived for decades, but now had a mortal wound. He sighed, and pulled the phone out of his pocket.
    “Yes, I have a car for you to pick up. It’s totalled.”

    This is actually a pretty realistic scenario, I believe. From what I see in the junkyards, there are a lot of people out there who don’t know how easy it is to fix a sagging headliner with a trip to Jo-Ann fabrics and some spray glue. First gen U-body minivans in nice shape with “Runs” on the windshield, but the ever present fluttering fabric on your head being a good example.

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      The headlines in my 78′ Chevy wasn’t really sagging, but more deteriorated; touch it and it would just kind of turn to dust and blow away.

      So while I had the seats out, I pulled out the headliner. It took nothing to scrape what was left off the foam backing board; which had been broken and re-fixed with duct tape (and this worked pretty good actually). I bought two uncut yards of Tommy Bahama palm tree/floral print heavy outdoor fabric off the internet; something I came to later use as the speaker coverings in tube-amp converted guitar suit case amps.

      Anyways, I got the fabric and a two cans of 3M spray adhesive, and in a few hours, I had one hell of a head liner. Few years later it’s held up rock solid as can be. About $20 for the fabric and $20 for the glue.

      The headliner in my much nicer 79′ Malibu is just starting to slightly sag in a few spots. It was re-done in the 90’s, but that’s still 20 years ago. Thinking of maybe doing the same with it.

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      I discovered I could use magnets to hold up the headliner when I had my my Audi 100. Prob would have worked well with this Mercedes as well.

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    I’ve pondered the thought of snatching one of these up as a daily driver. I’ve always leaned towards American cars though, and I don’t have any experience tearing one of these apart though. I’m sure I could do it, but my main concern would be trying to find parts. I’m already starting to have problems getting the right parts for my 78′ Chevy from the auto parts store….

    I’ve come across real nice examples for less than $10k easily.

    For a old car to be a DD though, it has to have the ability to be fixed fast and fairly cheap. I’m sure their reliable as hell, but when something does break, then what?

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      2 things:

      First, stock up on “consumables”. Oil filters, fuel filters, brake lines, brake pads, a spare rotor or three, engine mounts- heck, pretty much anything that’s rubber, for that matter. Spare generators, a spare carb, etc. Figure a couple thousand dollars to stock your own miniature parts warehouse for the car.

      Second, buy a second, identical car. Try to keep them both in running order, but when something does happen to one, there’s the back up while you’re repairing #1. Your parts cache should work for both cars.

      I daily drive a ’67 Volvo Amazon about 50 miles per day, using this strategy, and *knock on wood* so far it’s worked.

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    It’s a shame people don’t just park these old vehicles in the back 40 to be found again in 30 years by some kid who unknowingly is about to begin their love affair with cars.

    I mean is the $200 from scrapping the vehicle really worth knowing that a good example of history is about to be destroyed? I wish junkyards/scrapers would refuse to accept vehicles >40 years old.

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    LOVE these old Benzes. Styling is tops!!! Sad to see any of them in the scrapyard. You can bet someone got their money’s worth out if it.

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    I love the W110 with it’s late to the game finlets as the one point in time that Mercedes was actually trying to keep up with Cadillac

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      They must have mulled it over a lot before “trying to keep up”. Cadillac had finlets in 1949, while this first crush zone body style dates to 1959.

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    There was a family in my neighborhood with interesting automotive tastes. Their teenage kids wound up with hand me downs, and one had a new fabric sunroof Le Car. The oldest son had a beautiful black fintail. I think it was a 190. I was about 12 years old at the time, and I thought it was great. He didn’t like it though, as it was a full-on Flinstone car. The lack of a floor really bothered him. I don’t remember the car having any visible exterior rust, but you had to remember not to rest your feet on the ground.

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    I remember a guy who absconded with the seats of a mid-Sixties Benz for his Jeep. They were mighty comfortable. If I had the need, I’d buy those.

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    Ron B.

    The W110 230 was a 175 KMH car ,so have a think about that for minute… how many six cylinder cars in the early sixties could even achieve 100MPH?
    Parts are very easy to find. Mercedes still supply new bits through their classic center in Irvine california. There is even a very good email site on yahoo groups for the mechanically challenged (hechflosse at yahoo) .I work on these gems on daily basis and i even have a W110 Diesel station wagon repowered with a 240D engine/trans .I have also repowered a few for customers with Mercedes V8 engines which is incredibly easy as the later Chassis versions use a lot of the sme parts.
    It’s tragedy to see them in scrap yards though..

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    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    MB Tex?

    Better leather than leather..

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    Andy D

    I’m on my 4th and 5th 528s A pair of scruffy ’88s with less than 160k each. If you keep ahead of the stuff wearing out and replacing it before it completely fails. The limit here is rust. My car is a twice totaled 500$ beater with a documented 117k miles. I sorted it out and put it on the road the end of 07. I took my first ’88 off the road. It had 350 k miles. The drive line had never been apart. engine AT and diff. Just drains and filters.. 528es are easy on hoses. the cars go to the crusher with stuff that says made in W. Germany stamped on them. I had replaced the voltage reg/ brushes on the alternator. but it was original . So was the Bosch main fuel pump and most of the relays and electrics.

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    I’m not terribly familiar with older Benzes, but I had this confused with the W111. Speaking of which, one of the BAT guys has a beautiful forest green W111, which was featured in one of the early Petrolicious videos. Gorgeous car.
    [vimeo 54350844 w=640 h=360]

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    No pix of the instruments that move vertically instead of in a clockwise arc? For shame!

    My friend had one of these in mint green, with the dash and possibly the whole interior in an ivory color. Loved those tailfins, loved that car.

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