Mercedes Benz 220SE Fintail In Competition

01 October 2012
Three-car 220SE works team at the 1963 Acropolis Rally, which it dominated in the early 1960s. (Image from: Mercedes-Benz Classic)

The Mercedes Benz 220SE Fintail may not seem like an obvious candidate for a story on the three-pointed star's greatest competition cars, given the marque's glorious pre and post-war 'Silver Arrow' grand prix and sports cars.

However, this humble 2.2 litre six cylinder sedan proved to be a formidable works rally car and circuit racer in the early 1960s - both in Europe and Australia.