1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE CabrioletSOLD
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Engine Type: 2.2 litre OHC injected 6-Cyl
Engine Number:12798310000
Color:Ivory / Red Leather

Reference Number 52435

as of 9/30/2009

Overview
Car 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet
VIN 128030-10-003476 
Mileage 38,008 miles 
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Known History

 

1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet

s/n 128030-10-003476 Engine no. 127 985 10 000886

Ivory with Red Leather Interior

 

Built in Mercedes’ great tradition of irreproachable build quality and superlative engineering, the pontoon series was a mainstay of Mercedes production during the 1950s. The sedans were produced in large numbers, but the coupe and convertible were much more expensive and sold in very limited numbers. They were more luxurious and had tremendous presence, thanks to their almost baroque styling and significant amounts of chrome trim. The interiors were trimmed with high quality leather and wood, while the cars were mechanically sophisticated with independent suspension, unitized construction and fuel-injection on the later cars.

 

This is one such fuel-injected convertible, making it the most desirable (and among the rarest) of the line. Just 1,112 220SE Convertibles were built (against 1,858 300SL Roadsters), and this one has a particularly remarkable story. The current owner purchased the car new and took delivery in Germany. The car was imported to the United States when it was a few months old, and has been in California ever since. It was regularly driven and has 138,000 kilometers from new, although it received a comprehensive restoration by Randy Reed of Antique Auto Restoration at a cost exceeding $170,000. The restoration included the body, chrome, new wiring harness, suspension, brakes, fueling system, exhaust system, wood, all upholstery (in leather), carpet, and top, as well as many other items.

 

The car is still in its original colors, and the restoration, which took many years, has just been completed. As with any recently completed restoration, the car has a few minor details requiring sorting, but the car fundamentally excellent.

 

Consequently, the car is in extremely nice condition. The paintwork was done to high standards and the body is in very good shape. The chrome is very nice, though the Hella auxiliary lamps were not rechromed and show some pitting. The remaining chrome is very good. The lights and glass are in excellent shape, and the top is new.

 

The interior is in very nice shape as well. The seats were reupholstered in leather using the correct templates and perforation patterns, and the carpets are excellent high quality wool. The wood is in very good shape as are the switches and instruments. The car retains its Becker radio and the wood has been restored.

 

The engine compartment is extremely tidy and clean, without the shocking overrestored look of some cars. It is correct in appearance, in terms of finishes and equipment, including VDO washer bag. The trunk is extremely nice as well, being well-detailed and extremely fresh in appearance. The underside is extremely clean and nicely detailed, and presents essentially as new, indicating that the car has seen minimal use since completion.

 

This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a one-owner California car. Every major component of the car has been comprehensively restored, and the resulting car is an excellent example to use and enjoy. The car comes with invoices from the restoration, as well as a copy of the original build card.