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Lot 441: Mercedes-Benz 220 Convertible

Quail Lodge Sale, Bonhams (16 August 2012)

* 2,195cc fuel-injected SOHC in-line six-cylinder * 4-speed manual transmission * Unrestored, three owners from new * Handbuilt German quality * Fantastic value & style

"The Mercedes 220SE Coup� is a very fine engineering achievement. Not only does it provide fast and economical transport for four and their luggage, but outstanding road-holding and riding qualities make this a car which is a pleasure to drive hard, and one in which it is safe and comfortable to do so. Furthermore, it has superb brakes and a high standard of mechanical refinement."  The Autocar.

Of course, Autocar's observations applied equally to the 220SEb Convertible, which was one of two luxurious derivatives of the 220SEb saloon that had been launched at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 heralding a style that would become synonymous with the brand through to the 1980s in some form, particularly when its somewhat dated fins were dropped the following year. 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 Coup� 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, finished in white with navy blue MB-Tex interior and matching navy blue top, was delivered new to the Pacific Northwest and has been lovingly preserved and never restored. Carefully maintained by its three owners from new, the second of which kept the car for thirty years, the car shows well inside and out. During the previous owner's long tenure of care the interior and top were refinished and the car repainted. As with any well-kept original car, it is reported to be in good running order.

220SEb Convertibles have all the grace and presence of their larger brethren, but at a more reasonable value that allows for their more sedate performance. This unrestored example will no doubt provide many more happy miles of top down motoring for its lucky, fourth owner.

Lot Details
Auction Quail Lodge Sale
Bonhams, Carmel, California, USA
TypeCar
Lot Number441
Estimate$50000-$60000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$45000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$51750
Year1963
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number11102310048674
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2