Classic Car Catalogue

Mercedes Benz 1961

(W 120) 180b, 180Db, 180c, 180Dc
(W 121) 190b, 190Db - discontinued in September
(W 111) 220, 220S, 220SE
(W 189) 300d
(W 121) 190SL
(W 198 II) 300SL
(W 111) 220SE Coupé - new model in February
(W 111) 220 SE Cabriolet - new model in September
(W 110) 190, 190D - new model in September
(W 112) 300SE - new model in September



180, 180D
190, 190D

W 120
  180b (R4 cyl, 1897 ccm, 68 PS) - discontinued in August (1959-61 - 29.415 ex.)
  180Db (R4 cyl, diesel, 1767 ccm, 43 PS) - discontinued in August (1959-61 - 24.676 ex.)
  180c (R4 cyl, 1897 ccm, 68 PS) - new model in June
  180Dc (R4 cyl, diesel, 1988 ccm, 48 PS) - new model in June
    Limousine (wb: 2650 mm)
W 121 - discontinued in September
  190b (R4 cyl, 1897 ccm, 80 PS) - discontinued (1959-61 - 28.463 ex.)
  190Db (R4 cyl, 1897 ccm, diesel, 50 PS) - discontinued (1959-61 - 61.309 ex.)


220, 220S, 220SE
220SE Coupé and Cabriolet

W 111
  220 (R6 cyl, 2195 ccm, 95 PS)
  220S (R6 cyl, 2195 ccm, 110 PS)
  220SE (R6 cyl, inj, 2195 ccm, 120 PS)
    Limousine (wb: 2750 mm)
  220SE Coupé/Cabriolet (R6 cyl, inj, 2195 ccm, 120 PS)
    Coupe (wb: 2750 mm) - February
    Cabriolet (wb: 2750 mm) - September



W 189
  300d (R6 cyl, inj, 2996 ccm, 160 PS)
    Limousine (wb: 3150 mm)
    Cabriolet D (wb: 3150 mm)



W 121
  190SL (R4 cyl, 1897 ccm, 105 PS)
    Roadster (wb: 2400 mm)

Motor TrendApril 1961
MERCEDES-BENZ 190-SL, convertible, $5032, Germany
The first 190-SLs arrived in the U.S. during 1955 and development has been a process of gradual evolution since then. In fact, there has been very little change and no major modifications. The car remains one of the finest two-liter, sports-type touring cars on the road.
An overhead-cam engine (115.7 cubic inches) develops 120 hp at 5 700 rpm- excellent output per cubic inch. What is remarkable is that the four cylinders run so smoothly they give the illusion of at least six. Rated top speed is 112 mph with acceleration to 60 (a function of the 2510-pound curb weight) in about 13 seconds. Highway cruising up to 80 mph is quiet and comfortable; steering is quick enough for good cornering control and light enough for easy parking. Shifting the floor-controlled, all-synchro, four-speed gearbox is one of the 190-SL's special delights.
Front suspension utilizes conventional A-arms, coil springs and a stabilizer bar, but at the rear is a system pioneered by Mercedes - the low-pivot swing axle. With coil springs it greatly aids in the car's general stability and excellent ride.
The interior, two bucket seats and a jump seat, is finished in soft leather. Seats are scientifically contoured to the body and are among the most comfortable in any automobile. Instrumentation is most complete, with such rarely found controls as a manual spark and a hot start knob. There are roll-up windows, weather-tight convertible top (standard) and an optional removable hard top.
General specifications: Wheelbase, 94.5 inches; front tread, 56.3; rear tread, 57.9; overall length, 166; width, 68.5; height, 52.
Other versions: Hardtop, $5244; with both tops, $5428.


W 198 II
  300SL (R6 cyl, inj, 2996 ccm, 215 PS)
    Roadster (wb: 2400 mm)

Motor TrendApril 1961
MERCEDES-BENZ 300-SL, convertible, $10,950, Germany
The 300-SL bristles with originality, yet is a modern classic as concerns its ability to carry two at sustained fantastic speeds in utter comfort. Its price tag gives some idea of what to expect; at that the car cannot be called over-priced.
An in-line overhead-cam Six (182.8 cubic inches) develops 240 hp at 6100 rpm and is the world's only production engine to use Bosch fuel injection. Top speed is limited only by the highway and at around 146 mph (with 3.64-to-1 rear axle) becomes academic. Acceleration through the four synchronized gears is extremely quick with excellent torque response at virtually any speed. Cruising at 100 mph along the open highway is almost too effortless; wind and engine noise are no greater than at half that speed in lesser automobiles.
In traditional M-B fashion, interiors are tailored for luxury and comfort. A glittering array of instruments faces the driver and they all serve a useful function at some phase of the car's operation. There is no storage space in the cockpit and trunk space is not large; it is almost filled with a spare tire and fuel tank.
Front suspension is via parallel A-arms and torsion bars, while at the back there is a horizontal compensating spring on the low-pivot swing axle. As a consequence, cornering is almost dead flat and straight-line stability is great. Mercedes clings to drum brakes (with boosters) but they are so perfected that there has been no need to go to discs.
General specifications: Wheelbase, 94.5 inches; front tread, 55; rear tread, 57; overall length, 180; Width, 70; height, 51.3.
Other versions: Coupe with removable hard top, $11,128; with both tops, $11,397.

190, 190D

W 110 - new model
  190 (R4 cyl, 1897 ccm, 80 PS) - September (prod. from April)
  190D (R4 cyl, diesel, 1988 ccm, 55 PS) - September (prod. from June)
    Limousine (wb: 2700 mm)



W 112 - September (prod. from April)
  300SE (R6 cyl, 2996 ccm, 160 PS)
    Limousine (wb: 2750 mm)



1st Safari Rallye 220 SE (Manussis/ Coleridge/ Beckett)
2nd Safari Rallye 220 SE (Bettoja/Eger)
1st Rajdzie Polski 220 SE (Böhringer/ Aaltonen)
1st Rajdzie 1000 Jezior 220 SE (Aaltonen/ Nurmimaa)

Algiers-Central Africa Rally 1961. The team Hermann Bartscherer / Hans-Heinz Heppekhausen in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.

Polish Rally winners.

10th East African Safari. W. A. "Bill" Fritschy (start number 90) in a 220 SE.

Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina. Hans Herrmann/Rainer Günzler (number 527) in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE arriving in Catamarca.