1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb “Fintail” Cabriolet (W111)SOLD

COYS Nürburgring Auction - Saturday 11th August 2007

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Estimate: €34,000-39,000

Sold: €39,480

Introduced in mid-1959, the Mercedes-Benz W111 220 series was a natural progression from the 220S range of 1956; the latter had been the first saloon series from Mercedes-Benz to use unitary construction body shells and this was carried on with its successors, together with all independent suspension and the 2,195cc, single overhead camshaft, straight six engine. All models, however, were larger inside and out with a greater abundance of chromework and distinctive finned rear wings emphasising the size of the cars.

Four basic models were available, the 105bhp 220, the 124bhp 220S with twin Solex carburettors, the 134bhp 220SE with fuel injection and the 170bhp 300SE with 2,996cc engine. In addition there were the much sleeker, two door 220SE and 300SE Coupé and Cabriolet models, sharing similar styling to the saloons but with exposed twin headlights, rounded rather than finned rear wings and two inches extra width. With either body style, and with a standard four-speed manual gearbox, the 220 was capable in SE guise of 108mph with 0-60mph reached in 12.8 seconds, while respective figures for the 300SE were 115mph and around 10 seconds.

Painted in a classic period colour of gold with a contrasting red leather interior, this extremely well presented example benefits from just one owner from new; not only that, but he is the principle of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Germany. This means a number of things, but two stick out primarily - firstly, that he knows Mercedes-Benz motor cars inside out and, secondly, that he has at his disposal the correct spare parts, experience and equipment. To this end, this SE cabriolet has been maintained in his workshops from its initial sale back in 1963. All modifications have been properly recorded in the German registration documents and, most importantly, this car has had the more powerful 2.8 litre engine installed; a highly desirable but complex and expensive upgrade. This is, after all, what the autobahns were built for.

Reference Number 11780

as of 7/28/2007

Car 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb “Fintail” Cabriolet (W111)
VIN 111023-10-036678