1960s / Mercedes-Benz

Rust in peace: Mercedes-Benz 190Dc (w110)

mercedes-benz-190dc-w110-1This once-majestic 1960s Mercedes-Benz 190Dc (w110) is ending its life in a junkyard full of American cars. Taken off the road in the early 1980s, it is remarkably rust-free and relatively complete inside, outside and under the hood, leading us to believe it was parked and later junked due to a mechanical failure.

The entry-level 190Dc was somewhat of an odd duck in the United States. It retailed for $4,047 in 1963 so it was not exactly a cheap car especially considering its relatively small size. It was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that sent 60 horsepower and 87 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, enough to propel the sedan to a top speed of roughly 90 mph.

Considering the 190Dc was built in a time when gas was exceedingly cheap, the original owner must have had very specific reasons for buying one over a gasoline-burning 190c. The 190c was about $200 cheaper and its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made more horsepower and more torque than the 190Dc’s.

The owner might have been a European native looking for a taste of the Old Continent (diesels were beginning to rise in popularity in the family sedan segment during the 1960s) or a fan of the precise engineering that went into crafting Mercedes’ diesel engine. Regardless, we wish we could witness his reaction upon seeing his former pride and joy baking in the sun.

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