Lot 247 - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Fintail
|Sold - £27,734
- Time warp ‘garage find’ example
- Just one former keeper
The Mercedes-Benz W111 was a chassis code given to a range of Mercedes vehicles produced between 1959 and 1971. Series production of the four-door sedan began in August 1959, which made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in autumn. Initially the series consisted of the 220b, 220Sb, and 220SEb. These replaced the (W105) 219, the (W180) 220S and the (W128) 220SE Ponton sedans respectively. The 220b was an entry-level version with little chrome trim, simple hubcaps, and basic interior trim that lacked pockets on doors, moving up to the SEb as the top specification. The body was modern and featured characteristic American-style tailfins that gave the models their Heckflosse nickname — German for 'fintail'.
Originally registered to Woking Motors in 1963 this example was, according to the original buff logbook and military papers, sold to its original owner a Mr Woolls later that year. According to the road tax records and logbook details the car was last on the road in 1966, the year we understand Mr Woolls passed away, and the car was locked away in a garage for a staggering 55 years. The car remained garaged and off the road until 2021 when our vendor discovered the car and began a recommissioning program. He discovered that the car was in astonishing condition, the interior is a genuine time warp with the woodwork all in very good condition and leather after being professionally cleaned reflects the low 30,000 miles. Amazingly once a new battery was fitted we are told everything electrical worked. Inside the door shut is a badge declaring the last service interval at 30,000 miles, still existing because the bodywork has been left original and unrestored. The recommissioning was predominantly mechanical as to be expected, with new unleaded valves, reconditioned cylinder head, new oil, tyres, fan belt and brake lines, and we are told the car now runs and drives beautifully. Supplied with the original buff logbook detailing the original ownership only, therefore the new owner will need to apply for a new V5 registration document. This is a lovely low mileage, time warp example of the flagship S class still with two sets of keys and which is completely original…. such cars are only original once!
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