1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835
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1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
Registration no. KJU 604 (not UK registered) Chassis no. 128.03020003835
£80,000 - 100,000
US$ 100,000 - 130,000

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1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 128.03020003835
1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
Registration no. KJU 604 (not UK registered)
Chassis no. 128.03020003835
*Delivered new to the UK
*First owned by the 7th Earl of Bradford
*Rare right-hand drive model
*Resident in Sweden since 1981
*Restored between 2012 and 2015
*Matching chassis/engine numbers

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 cabriolet 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 220 S saloon. For 1959 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 100 to 115bhp. There was no increase in top speed, which remained at 160km/h (99.5mph) but 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 rare right-hand drive 220 SE cabriolet was sold new in the UK and registered as 'FC 220' to The Right Hon The Earl of Bradford on 9th March 1961. The original logbook, signed by the Earl, is on file together with an old MoT certificate (expired 1975).

    Around 1975, a Swedish engineer working in the UK bought the Mercedes from a dealer and took it with him as 'personal belongings' when he moved back home to Sweden, registering it there on 29th May 1981. 'Personal belongings' was the only way to bring cars into Sweden at that time without paying high taxes, but you must have been the owner and living abroad for more than three years. The Mercedes has remained in Sweden ever since. The private vendor knows of three Swedish private owners (plus a couple of dealers) prior to his purchase of the car in 2003. He has been in contact with the two last owners in Sweden before him.

    Former president for the tool manufacturing company, Bahco, the vendor has a well-equipped workshop at his home in Göteborg, and after his retirement in 2010 he began to restore the Mercedes. Although not a professional restorer of classic cars, he has a stock of tools that many professionals would envy. The entire car was dismantled, both inside and out. Rollsbo Billakering, a local paint shop with classic-car experience, undertook the necessary body repairs and then repainted the car. The vendor and his wife then restored the interior, reusing all of the original materials. Of high quality (what else would one expect of a Mercedes?), the interior was in good condition and responded well to careful cleaning, enabling the original wool carpets, leather seats and door panels, and all wood trim to be refitted – an important consideration for the vendors.

    Some components in the braking and steering systems were renewed, as was the exhaust system. Red Top Racing, a local workshop, checked the mechanicals and carried out some minor works. Relatively little used during its time in Sweden, the Mercedes passed the Swedish roadworthiness test and was registered again for road use in 2015. Related invoices and photographs of the restoration are on file together with aforementioned UK documentation.
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