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Lot 334: Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

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 with 60mph attainable in under 14 seconds. Coupe 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 tachometer, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production, a benefit not enjoyed by the 220SEb saloon until 1962.

This 220SEb Convertible has the received a bare metal restoration and was finished in original dark green pearl. A new top was fitted as well, but the original tan leather interior was retained and shows well. A complete record of the restoration, as well detailed service records, accompany the car as compiled by its meticulous previous owner. Whether for show or to cruise, there are few finer ways to travel than a drop top Mercedes!

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number334
Estimate$45000-$55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$37500
Hammer Price (inc premium)$43875
Year1963
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number11102312039550
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2