In the late 1950’s, Mercedes-Benz began replacing the ageing Ponton sedans, coupes and cabriolets with an all new car designated internally as the W110/W111. This new series of mid-range cars became known as Heckflosse – German for “fintail”. As the nickname implies, Heckflosse sedans featured prominent tail fins, a clear concession to the American market where Mercedes-Benz was desperate to expand. Engines ranging from a 1.9L 4-cylinder to a 3.0L six cylinder were offered, along with conventional springs or air suspension and differing wheelbases. Coupe and cabriolet variants debuted in 1960, sharing a similar front end design with their stable mates, except the fins were drastically toned down. The coupe featured a distinct c-pillar design with a steeply raked, wraparound rear screen and a pillarless greenhouse that gave an open and elegant look with the windows down. Full seating for four and a large trunk made it the perfect choice for touring the continent in subdued style. This design proved successful enough to outlive the Heckflosse sedan by a full six years and inspire the design of the next generation of Mercedes sedans, the W108/109. W111 Coupes and Cabriolets remained i
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