Lot 121 - 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Pillarless Coupé
|Odometer reading||79,209 km|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,760|
The Mercedes-Benz W111 series was produced from 1959 to 1968 and was the chassis code that determined its top-range vehicles. This included four door saloons with two door coupés and cabriolets being produced from 1961 to 1971.
This lefthand drive example, presented in lovely blue paintwork with black leather interior, was originally purchased in Rome by Dario Lenzini, the son of famous Lazio Football club owner, Umburto Lenzini, from Mercedes-Benz Agent F. Bornigia in June 1962 and sold for a mere 6,091.000 Lira. Registered under Lenzini's name on the plate ROMA 542235, the current owner bought the car from him in the summer of 1980 when he transferred it to his work in London and had it registered under diplomatic status with the plate number 188D172. The current owner's diplomatic status ceased in 1987, at which point the vehicle gained its UK registration: MYY 481X. The vendor continued to use the car as his daily driver and maintained it regardless of cost until he made the decision in 2002 to completely restore the car to its former glory and thus sent the car back to Rome for which full details can be found in the history file.
Offering power assisted steering, servo assisted brakes, a four speed manual transmission, original Autovox radio with electric aerial, tailored wooden centre console with storage boxes, extra light switches and power sockets, this car was clearly spec'd with no thoughts to budget when new. The current owner has painstakingly gathered all handbooks and parts guides for a prospective new owner, together with an impressive history file enclosing all MoT test certificates since its import in 1980, inclusive of a current MoT test certificate valid until December 2015, the original bill of sale and other import documentation. The provenance alone of this beautifully restored pillarless coupé is impressive and coupled with driving, as the vendor describes, with 'ease and elegance', this is the perfect car for summer.
Previous lotLot 120 - 1979 Austin Morris Mini 1000
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