Junkyard Find: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1966 mercedes benz 230

The 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.

Much of the interior is gone, but the seats are still present and in very nice condition.

Either these were recovered at some point or Mercedes-Benz was using some very impressive upholstery materials in these cars.

With 118 horses, the M180 I6 was not going to propel this car to many dragstrip victories, but it was smooth and reliable.

Not many cars still had tailfins in the second half of the 1960s.

The bubble-style rear glass was also becoming dated.

Would the threat of a $200 reward scare off a potential car thief today?

Not 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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  • ShoogyBee ShoogyBee on May 22, 2014

    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. http://vimeo.com/54350844

  • HotPotato HotPotato on May 23, 2014

    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.

  • Dukeisduke In an ideal world, cars would be inspected in the way the MoT in the UK does it, or the TÜV in Germany. But realistically, a lot of people can't afford to keep their cars to such a high standard since they need them for work, and widespread public transit isn't a thing here.I would like the inspections to stick around (I've lived in Texas all my life, and annual inspections have always been a thing), but there's so much cheating going on (and more and more people don't bother to get their cars inspected or registration renewed), so without rigorous enforcement (which is basically a cop noticing your windshield sticker is out of date, or pulling you over for an equipment violation), there's no real point anymore.
  • Zipper69 Arriving in Florida from Europe and finding ZERO inspection procedures I envisioned roads crawling with wrecks held together with baling wire, duct tape and prayer.Such proved NOT to be the case, plenty of 20-30 year old cars and trucks around but clearly "unsafe at any speed" vehicles are few and far between.Could this be because the median age here is 95, so a lot of low mileage vehicles keep entering the market as the owners expire?
  • Zipper69 At the heart of GM’s resistance to improving the safety of its fuel systems was a cost benefit analysis done by Edward Ivey which concluded that it was not cost effective for GM to spend more than $2.20 per vehicle to prevent a fire death. When deposed about his cost benefit analysis, Mr. Ivey was asked whether he could identify a more hazardous location for the fuel tank on a GM pickup than outside the frame. Mr. Ivey responded, “Well yes…You could put in on the front bumper.”
  • 28-Cars-Later I'll offer this, offer a registration for limited use and exempt it from all inspection. The Commonwealth of GFY for the most part is Dante's Inferno for the auto enthusiast however they oddly will allow an antique registration with limited use and complete exemption from their administrative stupidity but it must be 25 years old (which ironically are the cars which probably should be inspected). Given the dystopia being built around us, it should be fairly simply to set a mileage limitation and enforce a mileage check then bin the rest of it if one agrees to the terms of the registration. For the most part odometer data started being stored in the ECU after OBDII, so it should be plug and play to do such a thing - this is literally what they are doing now for their emissions chicanery.
  • Probert For around $15 you can have a professional check important safety areas - seems like a bargain. It pointed to a rear brake problem on my motorcycle. It has probably saved a lot of lives. But, like going to a dentist, no-one could say it is something they look forward to. (Well maybe a few - it takes all kinds...)