Lot 291 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible
|Odometer reading||15,831 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,400|
The Mercedes-Benz W111 series 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 mockups 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 Mercedes-Benz Museum. The convertible followed at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few months later; the car 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 two-door ponton series, there was only one model for the two door vehicle, the 220SE on both versions, with the identical 2195cc engine.
This elegant example, finished in cream with red leather interior and complementary black top, was delivered new to the USA and has been lovingly preserved. Offered in excellent overall condition, chassis 47097 has been described as fully restored and carefully maintained by world renowned Mercedes-Benz expert, Steve Redfearn of Wimbledon. Since the current vendor purchased the car in 2000, all leather has been replaced and door cappings and dashboard returned to original specification. 220SEb Convertibles have all the grace and presence of their larger brethren but at a more reasonable value. This excellent example will no doubt provide many more happy miles of top down motoring for its lucky, new owner.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.