The release of the Mercedes-Benz 190 W110 series in 1962, marked the beginning of a period of transition from the almost dour stability of West Germany in the Fifties as the country strived to restore their credibility on the World automotive stage.
Still bearing a strong resemblance to its predecessor the 180, although with its longer bonnet giving the car a more angular appearance,the 190 sedan’s body was very obviously derived from the W111 series although fitted with round headlights, inviting a strong comparison to the W120/W121 models better known as the” Pontons.”
Available either petrol engined (the 190C) or diesel (the 190Dc) the Mercedes Benz was brought in as a replacement for the 180c/180Dc series of entry-level four-cylinder sedans.
Mercedes-Benz had become one the leaders in diesel engine technology during the Fifties, despite the very strong misgivings held by the car industry, and consistently slated by the motoring media in West Germany and across Europe.
By the early Sixties diesel technology had progressed considerably, but still had a long way to go, with the 190Dc both noisy and far from environmentally friendly.
To offset the balance, fuel economy for the 190Dc was far ahead of the 190c, making it a firm favourite among taxi fleet operators, commercial entities and even individuals whose preference was economy before performance.
Once again,interior updates were minimal although the 200 now came reclining front seats as standard, available only as an option on the 190 series.
For the first time in their history, Mercedes-Benz adapted the W110 chassis to also produce their own production station wagon, the forerunner of many dual-purpose workhorses of the future.
In its place came the 220 (W111) sedan- although this time without a diesel version.
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