Mercedes-Benz W111

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Mercedes-Benz W111
1963 Model 220
Automotive industryMercedes-Benz
Also calledMercedes-Benz Fintail
Production1959 — 1968
W111 only: 370,807
PredecessorMercedes-Benz Ponton
Car classificationFull-size car Luxury car
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
2-door Coupe
2-door Convertible
Internal combustion engine2.0L 4-cylinder
2.2L Straight-6
3.0L Straight-6
3.5L V8 (Coupé and convertible)
See Mercedes-Benz S-Class for a complete overview of all S-Class models.

The "Fintail" (German language: Heckflosse) was a series of Car classification produced by Mercedes-Benz from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s under the W111 chassis code. Though never officially designated as such (they were designated Peilstege, marking the end of the car in rear view mirror), the cars gained the Nickname because of the distinctive rear-end which incorporates small Tailfin, thought to be an Understatement attempt to appeal to the United States market at the time (with their outrageously finned cars, such as the Cadillac and Buick of the times). The Fintail is considered part of the lineage of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship model, particularly the initial 6-cylinder W111 and more luxurious W112 models. A 4-cylinder version, the W110, was introduced in 1962. In the S-Class lineage, the Fintail models were succeeded by the larger W108/W109 lines.

The Fintail models were pioneers of the automotive safety feature of Crumple zones, which absorb the energies of a collision. The idea for crumple zones came from Bela Barenyi who worked as an engineer for Mercedes-Benz.[1]


  1. Independent article - crumple zone development
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