The Mercedes-Benz W111 was a chassis code given to its top-range vehicles, including 4-door sedans, produced from 1959 to 1968, and 2-door coupes and cabriolets from 1961 to 1971. The W111, was initially attributed only to W110. All three versions W110, W111, and W112, in both 2- and 4-door bodies, were built on an identical chassis. In 1961, the Mercedes-Benz W111 fintail range was filled with three new models: a simplified 4-cylinder 190c W110, an identical 300SE, but fitted with a big-block 3-litre engine W112, and a 2-door coupe/cabriolet of the W111/W112 (see below). Though never attributed as part of the fintail family, the Mercedes-Benz W113 Pagoda roadster was designed on an identical but shortened chassis, and was launched in 1963.
In 1965 Mercedes-Benz gave its budget-range W110 cars a major facelift and in doing so opted to continue producing the W111 as a new model 230S. Previously the W110 was separate in terms of marketing and was classed as a 4 instead of 6-cylinder, 1965 turned that around. In this final configuration a total of 41,107 cars were built through January 1968, when the last of 4-door fintails left the production line. Between 1959 and 1968 a total of 337,803 W111s were built.
This particular example was delivered new to Spain, where it first served as transport for the ambassador to the Peruvian embassy in Madrid. After several years of trusty service it passed to two brothers who undertook a restoration of the car. At the same time the motor was upgraded to the later and more powerful twin-carburettored 2.8 litre unit, which produces a healthier 140 hp.
The W111 is famous for its robustness and comfort for drivers and passengers alike. If you are looking for an honest and rust-free family classic car which can be enjoyed all year round, this classic Mercedes-Benz surely merits further inspection.