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The seven existing Heckflossen all disappeared at a stroke in 1965. The Heckflossen may have been at the height on the fashion in 1959 but by this time they were becoming rapidly dated. As usual, the top saloons were replaced by a completely new model: the W108 and the W109. The 190 and 190D were replaced by the 200 and 200D, the 220 by a 230 and the 220S by a 230S. Besides new engines, there were also slight differences in appearance apart from the 230S who looked exactly the same as the 220S. The 230 was in fact a six cylinder car in a short nosed body.

These second generation Heckflossen also had extra chrome on their boot lids, the rearlights were squared of and although they all had a single bumper, there were now two extra horizontal chrome strips above and beneath the rearlights. All the models now had an air-outlet decorated by a chrome strip. Equipment levels on the 230S had been downgraded somewhat as compared to the 220S it replaced, in order to protect sales of the 250S which was the entry level model of the new S-class.

Below are things mentioned where the 200 models and the 230 differ from the 190 models so for a more detailed description please read chapter 4) 1961: The 190 and 190D.
The description of the exterior of the 230S is left out here because the 230S looks exactly the same as the 220S (apart from the badge of course) so for a detailed description of the 230S, please read chapter 3) 1959: The 220, 220S and 220SE.

The 200, 200D and 230 were easy enough to tell apart from the earlier short nose bodies, because they had large new light clusters underneath their headlights which combined fog lights with large blinkers lights whereas the old 190 models had their blinker lights mounted on the top on the front wings.

These lights have the same design that the 'after 1963' foglights have on the 190 models.

The combined lights on the front

Something that was compeltely new for the new W110 models was that they too received the air-outlets on the C-pillar. To read more about this feature, please chapter 3) 1959: The 220, 220S and 220SE..

Here you can clearly see that the rear of the new W110 models was different from that of the old W110, the 190 models. The rearlights are more rectangular of shape and are a bit larger. The use of chrome has been brought back to two simple horizontal strips above and beneath the rearlights. Note that these models do not have any chrome on their 'fins'. The single rear bumper remains unchanged as has the placement of the two numberplate lights: in the bumper directly beneath the numberplate.

The rear lights

The description of the interior below is for ALL models. Again, only things are mentioned that differ from the earlier cars or things that differ between models.

All models had ajustable backrests, new for the W110 models and familair for the W111 230S.
Here shown is an example of the design of the adjustable backrest but designs may vary. By simply turning the large wheel, you could easily adjust the back rest.

Again familiar for the W111 but new to the W110 models: front doorpockets. They could be found on all models from 1965. The design had changed from the earlier ones that could be found on the 220S and 220SE, they are now simple open pockets.
Here you can also see that the front passenger has the use on an extra door handle, something which every Heckflosse sedan has had troughout the years.

If you look carefully at the photo above, you see that the right photo has a different door-opener similar to that of the W108 and w109 models. The one on the left has the more rounded design that you find on all W111 and w112 models. This new designed door-opener can also be found on the 250SL (W113) and on the W111 and W112 Coupé and Convertible models of that time. I don't know exactly when these new door openers were used but I know that the 250SL got his in late 1965 so perhaps the same applies for the other models. It could also be that these new door-openers were applied with the introdcution of the W108 and w109 models which happend in August 1965.

Together with the arrival of the new door-opener, you find that there are other, albeit small, interior changes going on. Before that time, ALL models had the same interior rear appointments. After that time, the rear passengers of the 230 and the 230S only received an extra doorhandle (right photo). Note that the right photo also shows the new door-opener.

The 200 and 200D were never supplied with a central armrest in the back as standard, the 230 and 230S always have this luxury. Nothing changes here over the whole production time. Of course, you could always order one for the 200 and 200D models.

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