Lot 296 - 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton
|Odometer reading||44,674 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £95,000|
|Result||Sold - £84,000|
Introduced in 1956, the 220 S saloon was one of a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells employing large, box-section side members; hence the term 'Ponton'; the others being the 190 and 219. All round coil-sprung independent suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range and that of the newcomers benefitted from the newly developed single pivot rear swing axle. Short-wheelbase Coupé and Cabriolet versions of the 220 S soon followed. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed touring cars were priced some 70% above the 220 S saloon. In 1958, the 220 range was updated with a fuel-injected version of the 2.2-litre overhead-camshaft six cylinder engine, becoming the 220 SE. Maximum power increased from 106 to 115bhp and while top speed remained unchanged at around 100mph, there was a useful improvement in acceleration; the 0-60mph time reducing by two seconds. By the time production ceased in November 1960, fewer than 2,000 220 SE Coupé and Cabriolet models had been manufactured and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped grand tourers are highly prized.
Only seven righthand drive 220 SE convertibles were manufactured and this fine example is finished in Dunkblau (Blue/Black) with maroon leather interior. This Mercedes-Benz was imported to the UK from South Africa by a Nigerian Diplomat who used it sparingly and took great care of its upkeep. He stored it in London and had it maintained by Mercedes-Benz specialists, Portland Motors of Portland Road, London, W11 until 2004, when it was purchased by the vendor. He took the car to Mercedes-Benz specialists in Cardiff who stripped off the old paint, took care of any necessary repairs and repainted it. Once completed, the vendor kept the car with his collection of classic cars in the North of England and it has had little use since the restoration other than a 1,000 mile holiday through France and appearances at Mercedes-Benz rallies and events, all of which passed off without hitch. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate and invoices going back to 2001. Very rare Mercedes-Benz such as this example have attracted attention in recent years, this desirable classic should prove to be a sound investment.