Lot 168 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||6,659 miles|
|Estimate||£32,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £56,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W111 was produced from 1959 to 1968 and was the chassis code given to its top-range vehicles, including four-door 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 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 right hand drive Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet was supplied new in 1963. In more recent times the vendor has commissioned a restoration which included a full respray, a rebuilt front suspension and various other works. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the restoration came to a halt this year leaving the project agonisingly close to completion. Importantly, the bodywork is good with little sign of age and the engine is running, with most of the laborious jobs already completed we believe this example would be a very rewarding project for the new owner. 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 and this example, offered with its current UK V5 registration document and various sundry invoices should not be overlooked! Interested parties should note that this vehicle is being sold as a project and as such will require further recommissioning work to return it to the road.
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