1967 230S Heckflossse or Fintail - Factory Rally Car Tribute

1967 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series S-Class

Condition: Used
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 200-Series
SubModel: S-Class
Type: Sedan
Trim: 4-door Sedan
Year: 1967
Mileage: 157,000
VIN: 11101010097583
Color: Ivory
Fuel: Gas
Transmission: 4-Speed
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tobacco
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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Description for Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 1967

Every car deserves a name. We named our Mercedes - The Colonel. So what's withThe Colonelyou ask?Well, e love cars with stories. Originally, US Army Colonel stationed in Brussels purchased the 230S. It is a European specification model with those gorgeous headlamps. He was transferred to Puerto Rico briefly and shipped the Mercedes with him. From there, t went to Seattle. It stayed in the family until 3 years ago when a M-B fan purchased him with the intention of making it his wife's daily driver. Most of that story turned out to be bunk. The real story is even better.

Mr. Stanley S. was an accountant and was in fact transferred to Brussels. He decided to marry his love, aria Mercedes R. and honeymoon in Belgium. He surprised her with the gift of this Mercedes-Benz. They did move to Mercedes's home in Puerto Rico and did take the Mercedes with them. She loved that car and forced Stanley to spend an inordinate amount of money keeping it in good condition.

We found it on eBay and unfortunately the Mercedes she treasured until 1999 fell into disrepair. It arrived and actually looked pretty good, as solid as a rock but was undriveable.

That signaled the beginning of a systematic rebuild/refresh to make it a reliable and competitive vintage rally car. First things first - get the fuel delivery system clean. The gas tank had to be removed, oiled and re-lined and the entire fuel system cleaned. We added an electronic ignition, ll new filters, hen a complete fluid/lubrication refresh to benchmark it.The front-end was totally rebuilt and new sub-frame mounts installed. We installed Konis at each corner and set them on firm. All of the brakes replaced including the power brake booster. The exhaust has been modified to save weight and sound cool. A classic Cherry Bomb muffler did the trick.

There was a nasty miss at low rpm under load so we installed a Weber Carb kit. We decided to install a fully electronic distributor from 123 Ignition. We added an auxiliary cooling fan after getting stuck in Lime Rock Race Track traffic on a 90-degree day. You can't find decent 13" tires anymore so we upgraded to 14". Luckily we found a local M-B dismantler who had a rare set of aluminum rims that weigh less than half of the steelies and look pretty much the same. We'll be running without wheel covers so they were stripped and painted satin black. After some serious research, e decided to go with Michelin Defenders. Turned out to be a good choice.

When all this busy stuff was completed and tested, e moved to the shop run by well-known race car mechanic, ohn Rogers (now retired). He offered his expertise and his shop to assist in fabricating brackets for rally lights, new dash panel for switches. We had been collecting vintage parts from around the globe while the first part of the build was underway: Our Cibie Super Oscars are from the UK, he Marchal center light from Germany, ell you get the picture. Almost everything we added was period correct. We did add a new tach, n outside temp gauge (to warn us of ice), utler Maplight and a bunch of USB and Aux power outlets. All of the exterior bulbs were sourced through Daniel Stern Lighting who knows a light bulb isn't just a light bulb. The final accessory - a Brantz analog rally tripmeter.

While we were in the interior, e restored the Becker Grand Prix to working condition (added iPod adapter), dded Sirius Satellite radio, epaired the clock (it should work) and refinished the wood dashboard.We even found a NOS dome light to replace the broken one.

We were all done a week before The Greenwich Concours. We had no expectation when we submitted the Mercedes to the Greenwich folks but it looked so darn cool, hey couldn't resist. We participated in more rallies and concours and always received a great response. In fact, emmings Sports & Exotics decided to do a story on it.

 

 

   

The license plate we run on the front is a copy of the Belgian plate that was originally on the car when it was delivered to Mr. & Mrs. Swanson. We still have the registration so the number is correct. Very cool. We have a fat envelope of receipts from the original owners.

Most of our replacement parts came from the Mercedes Benz Classic Center. Expensive but worth it. This was not an inexpensive build with our invoices totally well over $15,000 not including the cost of the 230S.

Every car needs a cup holder or two and a place to rest the iPhone when not in use. We had ours made by a friend and it works perfectly.

Since the build, e were surprised at how popular The Colonel became. Invitations from The 100 Cars of the Radnor Hunt to the prestigious Carmel by the Sea show (during Monterey week) came in. We've participated in annual VSCCA Rallies and a few others, ever reaching our objective to compete in an Adventure or Endurance Rally like The Tiger Rally or the South American Challenge. We are confident that with a little bit more effort, ike adding skid plates and redundant fuel pumps, he Colonel has the chops to start and finish any event he puts his mind too.

Here is our collection of historic photos that we used to help us build a true tribute to the great rally cars in Mercedes-Benz history.

Call Michael Maddalena if you would like to discuss our Mercedes-Benz Rally Tribute 203-917-2354.