1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb “Fintail” Cabriolet (W111)SOLD
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Estimate: €30,000-35,000

Sold: €22,000

Mercedes-Benz coupes have always offered a particular blend of comfort, refinement and performance and the W114 range introduced in 1968 was no exception. Available in either 250 or 280 CE guise, the cars shared the chassis of the outgoing W108 series but with new two door pillar-less coupe coachwork with a low roofline. Underneath, the all independent suspension remained as before, i.e.; wishbone/coil spring at the front and a coil sprung swing axle at the rear, while the all round disc brakes were both larger and uprated to cope with the extra performance that was provided by either the familiar single overhead camshaft, 2,496cc straight six engine or a new 2,746cc version with twin overhead camshafts. Both were available either as carburettor or Bosch electronic fuel injection models, indicated by the E for Einspritzung (injection) in the model name.

Although the coupé was the same length as the saloon, being identical from the A-pillar forward, the passenger compartment was 19 inches shorter, the roof was two inches lower and the boot was considerably longer. It also had a more elegant rear window reminiscent of the 'pagoda' SLs and chrome strips down each side of the roof, while the pillar-less design allowed the windows to be

Smartly finished in grey with black interior, this fine 250 coupe has been comprehensively restored in the hands of its current owner. He is a perfectionist: corrosion in the floorpan was attended to not by patching but by replacing the entire floor, the rubber door seals have been replaced with parts direct from Mercedes-Benz, the engine has been fully rebuilt and any worn parts have been replaced. Over ­10.000 has been spent bringing this Mercedes-Benz up its current splendid condition.

Reference Number 14163

as of 10/13/2007

Car 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb “Fintail” Cabriolet (W111)