1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227

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Lot 148
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet

Sold for € 103,500 (US$ 108,913) inc. premium
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet
Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899
Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
•One of 1,112 Cabriolets 220 SE (W128) produced
•Delivered new to the Netherlands
•Matching numbers
•Restored in 2010

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 Cabriolet versions of the 220 S soon followed. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed Granturismos were priced some 70% above the 220 S 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 160km/h, there was a useful improvement in acceleration, the 0-100km/h time reducing by two seconds. By the time production ceased in November 1960, fewer than 2,000 220 SE Coupé and Cabriolet models had been manufactured, and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped Grand Tourers are highly prized.

This particular 220 SE Cabriolet was delivered new in December 1960 to the Netherlands and retains matching chassis and engine numbers. Originally finished in white with red leather upholstery, the car was completely restored by the current owner in 2010 and has been refinished in two-tone black over silver. Seldom driven since the restoration's completion, the car remains in generally very good condition. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices, Netherlands registration papers and an illustrated condition report (dated 25th July 2014). A wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and much sought-after soft-top Mercedes-Benz.

1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet
Fahrgestell-Nr. 128.030-10-003899
Motor-Nr. 127.983-10-001227

Bei seiner Vorstellung im Jahr 1956 war die 220 S Limousine eines von drei neuen Modellen mit einer selbstragenden Ganzstahl-Karosserie. Die rundliche und luftwiderstandsoptimierte Karosseriestruktur verhalf ihm zu seinem Zusatznamen: "Ponton-Mercedes". Die beiden anderen Modelle waren der 190 und 219. An allen vier Rädern dämpfen Schraubenfedern das unabhängige Fahrwerk. Die 220 S Cabriolet und Coupé Versionen mit dem verkürzten Radstand folgten danach in kurzem Abstand im Oktober desselben Jahres. In bester Mercedes-Benz Tradition waren auch diese Modellvarianten sehr üppig und luxuriös ausgestattet. Diese ausgezeichnet konstruierten Reisewagen lagen preislich 70% über dem der 220 S Limousine. 1958 wurde die Benzin-Einspritzer-Version des Reihen 6-Zylinder 2,2 Liter Motors mit obenliegender Nockenwelle zusätzlich eingeführt. Der 220 SE leistete 115 PS anstelle von 100 PS und während die Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 160 km/h gleich blieb, war die Beschleunigung von 0 auf 100 km/h um immerhin zwei Sekunden schneller. Während des gesamten Produktionszeitraums bis November 1960 wurden weniger als 2,000 Cabriolets und Coupés des 220 SE hergestellt. Heute sind diese eleganten und luxuriös ausgestatteten Reisewagen sehr begehrt.

Dieses 220 SE Cabriolet wurde im Dezember 1960 in die Niederlande geliefert und hat immer noch seine originale Motor- und Fahrgestellkombination. Ursprünglich in weiß lackiert mit einer roten Lederausstattung, wurde der Wagen 2010 umfassend restauriert und zweifarbig in schwarz und silber neu lackiert. Seit diesen Arbeiten wurde der 220 SE nur selten bewegt und präsentiert sich in immer noch sehr gutem Zustand. Er wird mit einigen Restaurierungsbelegen, niederländischen Zulassungspapieren sowie einem illustrierten Zustandsbericht vom 25. Juli 2014 angeboten. Eine wirklich gute Gelegenheit, einen seltenen und begehrten offenen Mercedes-Benz zu erwerben.

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1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 'Ponton' Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.030-10-003899 Engine no. 127.983-10-001227
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