'Fintail' (All models including Coupe and Cabriolet) 1959 to 1971
Mercedes 'Fintail' (All models including Coupe and Cabriolet) 1959 to 1971
This guide has gathered up all the models derived from the Fintail platform because otherwise it would get complicated! Especially as the range included a great variety of models, some of which had a very long life alongside later Mercedes models.
To simplify things a bit: Mercedes released the W111 platform as a six-cylinder saloon in 1959, which is generally referred to a the 'Fintail' because it has fins; then in 1961 they released the W110 (a cheaper, 4-cylinder version) and W112 (a more expensive, 3-Litre six powered version) based on the original platform; coupe and cabriolet versions of the W111 debuted in 1961 also, and similar bodied versions of the W112 came out the following year; the coupe and cabrio models were given a longer lease of life in the mid-sixties when they got the engines from the new S-class, despite the fact the 'Fintail' saloons had been replaced. Each platform had a range of options, with different designations. It's complicated! Hopefully, the tyre guide is easier to sum up.
190, 200 & 200D - Originally fitted with a now obsolete 700-13 crossply tyre, there are radial replacements available from Michelin and Vredestein.
220, 220S, 220SE & 230S - Originally fitted with a 725-13 crossply tyre, which can be replaced with a 185R13 radial tyre.
220SE Coupe and Cabriolet - Originally fitted with a 725-13 crossply tyre, which can be replaced with a 185R13 radial tyre.
250SE, 280SE & 280SE 3.5 Coupe and Cabriolet - The original tyre sizes fitted are equivalent to a modern 185HR14.
300SE Saloon, Coupe and Cabriolet - Started on a 13-inch wheel and a 750-13 crossply tyre, then moved to a 14-inch wheel with a 185HR14 radial tyre.