1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248

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Lot 452
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248

£ 80,000 - 100,000
US$ 100,000 - 130,000
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 12803011003850
Engine no. 12798311000248

Footnotes

  • Introduced in 1956, the 220 S saloon was one of a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells employing large, box-section side-members - hence the term 'Ponton' - the others being the 190 and 219. All-round coil-sprung independent suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range, and that of the newcomers benefited from the newly developed single-pivot rear swing axle. Short-wheelbase Coupé and Convertible versions of the 220 S soon followed. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed Gran Turismos were priced some 70% above the 220S saloon. In 1958 the 220 range was updated with a fuel-injected version of the 2.2-litre overhead-camshaft six, becoming the 220 SE. Maximum power increased from 106 to 115bhp, and while top speed remained unchanged at around 100mph, there was a useful improvement in acceleration, the 0-60mph time reducing by two seconds. By the time production ceased in November 1960, fewer than 2,000 220 SE Coupé and Convertible models had been manufactured, and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped Grand Tourers are highly prized.

    The left-hand drive Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible offered here appears to have been a California, USA car for some 90% of its life. Registration documents on file shows that the car lived in the Monterey/Carmel area of California until the late 1970s when it moved up the coast to the well known Pebble Beach where it stayed with its last two American owners. As well as registration cards there are also receipts/bills for the same Mercedes-Benz dealers in the various owners' names, indicating that the car was looked after by the same dealers the vast majority of its life. Between 2009 and the present day the Mercedes has resided in Japan in the ownership of a wealthy private collector, and is offered for sale by his family following his recent passing. We understand that import duties have been paid and that a UK V5C registration document has been applied for.

    There is a vast quantity of records, documentation and receipts for restoration works on file totalling over $35,000, the bulk of the work being carried out between 1979 and 1981. There is also a copy of the factory build card confirming that the car was supplied to USA specification complete with rear bench seating, outside mirrors, Becker radio, whitewall tyres, sealed beam headlights and the Hydrak automatic-clutch transmission. The car was originally finished in Graphite Grey with cream leather upholstery, matching carpets and burl walnut wood trim. Between 1958 and 1960, only 1,942 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupés and Convertibles were produced of which only a tiny handful had the Hydrak clutch, making this an extremely rare example.
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1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible  Chassis no. 12803011003850 Engine no. 12798311000248
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