1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible  Chassis no. 11102310074124

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Lot 40
1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible
Chassis no. 11102310074124

Sold for € 26,090 (US$ 30,700) inc. premium

Automobiles de Collection

11 Sep 2010, 15:00 CEST

Paris

1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible
Chassis no. 11102310074124
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. Coupé 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.
This 220SEb convertible was delivered new in January 1965 in Germany and imported to the UK in 1972 by a Mr Muench, who kept the car until his passing. The current owner bought the car from Mr Muench's widow via Silchester Garage in 2009. UK registered 'AHJ 351C', this handsome Mercedes-Benz soft-top is described as in 'perfect' condition both mechanically and cosmetically.

Mercedes-Benz lança quatre nouveaux modèles au Salon de Francfort 1959 – dont la 220 SEb – tous construits sur la base de la même structure monocoque et dotés des mêmes suspensions indépendantes. Plus longues que les modèles précédents, les nouvelles Mercedes bénéficiaient du montage d'un radiateur plus large, d'un pare-brise enveloppant, d'une vitre arrière agrandie et de doubles projecteurs disposés verticalement. La nouvelle 220 SEb conservait le moteur à arbre à cames en tête et injection de l'ancienne 220 SE, mais la puissance maximale du six-cylindres de 2 195 cm3 avait gagné 5 ch à 120 ch (DIN). La vitesse maximale s'établissait à 170 km/h et les 100 km/h étaient atteints en moins de 14 secondes. Les modèles Coupé et Convertible (Cabriolet) apparurent en 1961, mais dépourvus des ailerons arrière déjà démodés de la berline. Dotés d'un style plus moderne, les Coupé et Cabriolet étaient aussi mieux finis car équipés d'origine d'un compte-tours, d'une sellerie en cuir et d'une boîte automatique à quatre rapports avec sélecteur au plancher. Les freins avant à disque furent montés dès le début de la production, avantage refusé à la berline 220 SEb avant 1962.

Cette 220 SEb décapotable livrée neuve en janvier 1965 en Allemagne fut importée au Royaume-Uni en 1972 par M. Muench qui la conserva jusqu'à son décès. L'actuel vendeur acheta la voiture à la veuve de M. Muench en 2009 par l'intermédiaire du Silchester Garage. Immatriculée au Royaume-Uni « AHJ 351C », cette élégante Mercedes-Benz décapotable est annoncée comme étant en « parfait état » tant du point de vue mécanique que cosmétique.
1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible  Chassis no. 11102310074124
1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible  Chassis no. 11102310074124
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