Lot 120 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE
|Odometer reading||48,000 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,200|
The Mercedes-Benz W 111 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. Design of a replacement for the two-door Pontons began in 1957 as most of the chassis and drive train 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 Mercedes-Benz Museum.
This highly collectable example is presented in classic Mercedes-Benz white with a contrasting black leather interior, the condition of both can safely be described as very good throughout. The reason being is that this example underwent a partial restoration in 2008 which included a complete strip down (interior out) to bare metal and a full repaint. All the seating was re-upholstered, not with modern leather but with the correct 1960's hides sourced from the US with the seating then re-constructed in the correct Mercedes-Benz fashion. The wooden dash and door cappings are all beautifully renovated, 'excellent' according to the vendor. It also benefits from new rear seatbelts, new rear shock absorbers, new rear brake cylinders and a new exhaust. Family owned for that last 15 years, the brand new MoT test certificate shows no advisories and expires in November 2017. The W111 carries one of the most elegant profiles of all post-war Mercedes-Benz and is reported to drive well with an overall appearance, including the engine bay, of a car that has had much care and attention lavished upon it.
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