Lot 339 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||25,000 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £44,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W111 was produced from 1959 to 1968 and was the chassis code given to its top-range vehicles, including four door sedans, with two door coupés and cabriolets being produced from 1961 to 1971. Design of a replacement for the two-door Pontons began in 1957 as most of the chassis and drivetrain were to be unified with the saloon with the emphasis on the exterior styling. Some of the mock-ups and prototypes show that Mercedes-Benz attempted to give the two-door car a front styling similar to the Pagoda roadster. The rear bodywork persisted however and as such although officially still called a 'fintail', the rear end design had no chrome fin highlights. Production began in late 1960 and in February of the next year the coupé was premiered in Stuttgart for the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The convertible followed at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few months later and this was almost identical to the coupé with the soft-top roof folded into a recess behind the rear seat and covered by a tightly fitting bag. Unlike the previous generation of the two-door ponton series, there was only one model for the two door vehicle, the 220SE badge on both versions, with the identical 2195cc engine.
This Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet was supplied new in April 1963 in the UK with a manual gearbox and power assisted steering. In 2004 this Mercedes was the subject to a cosmetic restoration changing the colour from its original black to silver, complementing the black leather interior and the black mohair roof. More recently the engine has had a 'top end' overhaul with invoices in excess of £20,000, the majority of them from Mercedes specialists Steve Redfearn. This 220SE Cabriolet is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in January 2015 and a file containing old MoT test certificates and invoices together with the original hand book and service books. The car has been retro fitted with a MP3-USB-CD Radio unit. The 1960's Mercedes convertibles are becoming increasingly sought after by people from all over the world, making them a very sound investment for the future.
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