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#25285 of 25732 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 18, 2013 (6:25 pm)
I think the nice thing about your car is that it is "distinctively" an MB, wide whitewalls or not. Not as obvious on some of the newer models until you get up close.
#25286 of 25732 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 18, 2013 (8:56 pm)
There we go, now it looks like it rolled off the showroom floor yesterday.
#25287 of 25732 Re: . [boomchek]
Mar 19, 2013 (6:18 am)
I like it, really sets off the classic look of the car.
#25288 of 25732 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 19, 2013 (6:23 am)
I like the pink Rambler... but not for that money.
If the RX7 is as nice as claimed, its a bargain, IMHO.
#25289 of 25732 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 19, 2013 (7:04 am)
#25290 of 25732 Re: . [tjc78]
Mar 19, 2013 (9:27 am)
Agreed. The wide whites look fantastic on it.
#25291 of 25732 Re: . [xwesx]
Mar 19, 2013 (11:26 am)
Thanks for the compliments, everybody. They do really set off the car, and make it look nicer than it is - something the car has always done well. An even better 10 footer, now. They are so stark white, I assume they will mellow a little with time.
I think the whitewall is maybe 1cm (say 1/4-1/3 inch) too wide, maybe intended for Pontons. Probably nobody but an expert would notice this, so I shouldn't sweat it. My car is also a 220SE, not a lowline 190D or something, so they fit in. Also, W111 fintails are 1959 cars, made for several years later but virtually unchanged. The tires fit that time period, they do have some blackwall - not all the way to the ground like earlier tires.
The tires on this link look similar to mine (pamphlet from 1959-60)
Some period images of wide whitewall fintails, from a book I bought in Germany:
And the cover of a DVD I bought at the MB Museum:
This claim still give me a smirk:
Mar 19, 2013 (11:33 am)
VERY nice, Fin! Where did you get those tires? Coker tire, I'm guessing? Or some other vendor?
#25293 of 25732 Re: . [andre1969]
Mar 19, 2013 (11:59 am)
I bought them from this place - not just for the decent prices, but because they are on the west coast, so shipping was a bit less than other sellers, all of whom seem to be in the midwest or east coast. Only a few places sell them. They are BF Goodrich Silvertown - maybe the only maker of 13" wide whitewall radials in this market.
The car has P185/70R13, which is the same size as the old tires on the car that dated back from when I was a student and Clinton was president. I see there is a P175 tire with a slightly narrower whitewall - I wonder if that narrower tire would have fit.
Mar 19, 2013 (6:16 pm)
I once drove a manual transmission (4-on-the tree?) Fintail from the Chicago suburbs to Madison, WI. Nice car, as I recall.