The Mercedes-Benz W111 was a chassis code that was given to a wide range of the Mercedes vehicles that were developed between 1959 and 1971.
These vehicles included four-door sedans, and two-door coupes and cabriolets.
Initially introduced to the market as inline 6-cylinder vehicles with 2.2 litre engines, the W111 reproduced two lines of variants.
One line was the entry-level vehicle sharing its chassis and bodies with four-cylinder engines were styled with the W110.
On the other hand, the luxury version was built on W111 chassis with its body and fuel-injected 3-litre M186 six-cylinder engine was designated the W112.
The design history emerged from the World War II, in the 1950s, with the expensive 300 and exclusive 300 S grand tourers that gained its popularity and fame, while the simple Pontons that gained the bulk of Mercedes-Benz’s revenue.
In order to replace the Ponton Mercedes-Benz had to come up with something focusing on passenger comfort and safety.
The basic Ponton cabin was widened and squared off, with a large glass greenhouse improving driving visibility, which of course improved the safety of the car.
Patented retractable seat-belts were another element that benefited the redesign enhancing safety and comfort.
The body was modern for its time and featured characteristics of an American-style tailfin.