1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible
Chassis no. 111023-12-046093
2,195cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine
Bosch mechanical fuel injection
134bhp at 5,000rpm
Three-speed automatic transmission
Independent front coil spring suspension
and rear swing axles with trailing arms
and coil springs
Front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes
-Classic open Mercedes
-Factory delivery records on file
-Original U.S. example
The Mercedes 220SE
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. The new 220SE retained the fuel-injected, single-overhead-camshaft engine of the previous 220SE, though maximum power of the 2,195cc six was increased by five horsepower to 120bhp (DIN). Top speed was now 107mph (170km/h) with 60mph (97km/h) attainable in under 14 seconds. Coupe and convertible models appeared in 1961, minus the already dated-looking tail fins of the saloon. More modern in style, the 220SE coupé and convertible were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev-counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production.
The Motorcar Offered
Mercedes-Benz Classic Center has confirmed to Bonhams that this 220SE was originally finished on September 16, 1963 and that it was built for the U.S. market, with instrumentation in English. As new, it featured column shift automatic transmission, individual seats, a Becker Radio AM/FM Stereo and an outside mounted rear view mirror.
Its current owner reports that the car has reassuringly had relatively limited ownership over the course of its near 50 years of existence, which can probably safely be assumed to have all been in the U.S. At some point in its career, it must have received a considerable refurbishment, which has included its adoption of its equally appealing and period style livery of silver with plush red interior trim.
The perfect summer cruiser, these beautiful Mercedes convertibles offer comfortable four seat open motoring and a proper top for the occasional Northeast rain shower. It is always surprising to realize how modern they are in their operation, literally providing old world style and relatively modern world convenience, the best of both!
- Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 046093220SE