By Jay Hirsch
The 1963 Mercedes 220 S and 220 SE are often called a “Finback” by most people in the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and Mercedes owners in general. This is due to the car’s rear tail fin, which is very similar to the razor-sharp-looking tailfin on the AMC Ramblers of 1958–1959.
American cars made in the mid- and late 1950s had a strong influence on many European car companies, Mercedes-Benz being one of them. Tailfins, vertical-dual headlights (quad headlights) mounted on the front fenders, two-tone paint schemes, whitewall tires, etc., were part of the European car scene.
As for the Mercedes-Benz 220 SE …