1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe  Chassis no. 111021-10-014332

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Lot 408
1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe
Chassis no. 111021-10-014332

CHF 35,000 - 45,000
US$ 36,000 - 47,000
1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe
Chassis no. 111021-10-014332
Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 - the 220SEb 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 220SEb 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 220SEb Coupé and Convertible were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev-counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission with floor-mounted gear-change lever. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production, a benefit not enjoyed by the 220SEb saloon until 1962.

Finished in grey metallic with red leather interior, this 220SEb Coupé has the optional four-speed manual transmission. The car has been owned by successive generations of the same family, having been purchased new by the vendor’s grandfather. We are advised that it has been restored twice - in 1975 and 1982 - on the second occasion at the factory in Germany, where the bodywork was refurbished, the engine and transmission replaced and the running gear overhauled. At the same time the car was repainted and given new bumpers and interior trim. Some 32,000 kilometres have been covered - in dry weather only - since completion and the car remains in very good condition throughout. It is offered with all restoration invoices, original owner’s handbook, valid roadworthiness certificate and Swiss Permis de Circulation.

Le 220 SEb coupé que nous vous présentons est entre les mains de la même famille depuis son achat neuf. Cette voiture fut achetée par le grand-père de l’actuel propriétaire le 13 mai 1961. Elle est de colori gris métallisé, intérieur en cuir rouge et équipée de la boîte manuelle quatre vitesses optionnelle d’époque. Ce coupé a bénéficié de deux restorations: la première en 1975, la seconde en 1982 directement à l’usine en Allemagne, où la carrosserie fut refaite, le moteur et la transmission échangés standard et les trains roulants révisés. En même temps, elle fut repeinte, équipée de pare-chocs neufs et d’un nouvel intérieur. Ce superbe coupé, le premier de la série, n’a depuis parcouru que quelques 32,000 km, seulement par jour de beau temps, depuis sa réfection complète. Le propriétaire, troisième génération de la famille, la vend en raison de son déménagement au Canada. Elle se présente dans des conditions particulièrement excellentes à tous points de vue. Elle est livrée avec toutes les factures de restauration, le manuel original du propriétaire, et les papiers suisses de circulation avec expertise à jour.
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