1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980

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1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet

Sold for £ 69,820 (US$ 93,891) inc. premium
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet
Registration no. 676UYH
Chassis no. 11102310031980
*Rare and desirable Mercedes-Benz soft-top
*Sold new in California, USA
*Rare manual transmission
*Extensively restored
*Excellent condition

Footnotes

  • 'In the design of the 220SE coupé, practical considerations have sometimes been given up for better looks, but the car gives passengers as well as the driver a fine feeling of safety, based in fact on first-class road-holding, excellent brakes and precise steering, not to mention the extreme comfort of the wide, well-upholstered individual front seats.' – Car & Driver.

    Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 - the 220 SEb among them - all of which shared the same basic unitary-construction bodyshell and all-round independent suspension. Longer than their predecessors, these elegant newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, wider rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps. The new 220 SEb retained the fuel-injected, single-overhead-camshaft engine of the previous 220 SE, 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 Cabriolet models appeared in 1960 and 1961 respectively, minus the already dated-looking tail fins of the saloon. More modern in style, the luxurious 220 SEb Coupé and Cabriolet were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission with floor-mounted gearchange lever. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production, a benefit not enjoyed by the 220 SEb saloon until 1962. By the time production ceased in October 1965, fewer than 17,000 220 SEb Coupé and Cabriolet models had been manufactured, and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped Grand Tourers are highly prized.

    This left-hand drive, manual transmission 220 SEb Coupé was purchased new in California, USA by James Brown, a young doctor, for his bride. The couple lived in Marin County and enjoyed the car for many years before the doctor's wife got tired of changing gears, so they traded it in for a new 450 SL. The second owner restored the Mercedes to a high standard over a number of years before selling it to Jim Kochevar, the third owner, in 1986 (see email printouts on file). The car was imported into the UK in 2014, since when it has formed part of a private collection.

    Boasting power assisted steering, power brakes, and the rare Kuhlmeister air conditioning, this beautiful 220 SEb is finished in Havana Brown with tan soft-top, while the gorgeous interior features new bamboo leather upholstery and Carpathian burr elm embellishments. In September 2016 the Mercedes was checked over and treated to a major service by Classic Workshop of Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, whose invoices totalling in excess of £2,000 are on file. There is also a £600 bill for a new exhaust system, sourced from Germany. Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and much sought-after classic Mercedes-Benz, '676 KUH' is offered with MoT to September 2017, a V5C registration document, a sheet of previous-owner notes, and the aforementioned invoices.
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1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet  Chassis no. 11102310031980
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