1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S Universal (station
Picture courtesy of owner Bill
Some history from Bill: "In
the 1950's and 60s, there were three coach builders converting
a Mercedes-Benz into a wagon - Binz, Miessen, and IMA.
IMA was the only company officially used by D-B. Even though
most of the body was not built by D-B, you could order it from
the D-B factory. Most specialty cars, though, were built as hearses
and ambulances. A conversion added about 35% to the cost
of the car's price so wagons were rare then and rarer now.
As this is an S class, it would have cost over $6K in 1967 dollars-
about twice the cost of a new Mustang! Our car is a 1967
Mercedes 230S Universal - the largest wheelbase in the Universal/Estate
line. This wagon's coachbuilder was IMA in Brussels, Belgium."
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