Converted at a cost of $115,000 to 6.3 liter specification
1962 Mercedes-Benz 6.3 Liter 220SE Cabriolet
Chassis no. 111023 12 00896
Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 - the 220SE among them - all of which shared the same basic unitary-construction bodyshell and all-round independent suspension. Longer than their predecessors, the newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, wider rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps. Power for these new cars evolved from a 2,195cc SOHC inline six producing 120hp to a 3,499cc V8 churning out 200hp in the 1969-71 280SE 3.5. In its original spec, the 220SE's accumulation of speed could best be described as leisurely, with 60mph coming up from a dead stop in 14 seconds.
This 220SE Convertible, finished in brown with a tan interior, was obviously owned by someone for whom the increase of pace was not sufficient in its factory trim. Man's desire to go faster can drive him to do extraordinary things, and in this case, that involved dropping in the drivetrain and suspension from a 300SE 6.3 under the 220SE's body. Completed prior to 1996 at a cost of $115,000, not to mention the amount spent on the two donor cars that went under the knife to create this awesome sleeper, the conversion was done with no expense spared.
Not only was the engine and transmission upgraded, but the entire chassis, running gear, and suspension was completed to 300SE specifications, including 300SE 6.3 brakes, air suspension, and subframes. Attention to detail was paid at every turn, down to the upgraded fuel and cooling systems. Fitted with the massive 6.3 liter, 250 horsepower V8, this car is certainly no slouch!
Loaded with all of the comforts of a modern car, such as air conditioning, power windows, and a more modern, aftermarket Panasonic radio with cassette player, the pleasure of driving this car will not be much unlike driving a new Mercedes today, minus all of those pesky screens and digital readouts. Prior to the vendor's ownership, the car belonged to one Karl Heinz Bekemeier of Clinton Township, Michigan from 1996 to 2003 (the conversion was complete before Mr Bekemeier tenure with the Benz). The vendor acquired the car locally from Mr Bekemeier and brought it down to his southeastern US collection, where it has been driven it only a handful of miles in the ensuing eight years.
A true wolf in sheep's clothing, there are few finer opportunities to acquire a more regal hotrod. One might wish to remove the 6.3 badges and terrorize drag strip, or simply cruise around town in a car that can hustle to speed without hesitation.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled with number 11102312036149 indicated on the identification plaque.
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