Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 – the 220SE 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. 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 220SE coupé and convertible were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev-counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production.
On offer with us today is a truly beautiful example of a 220SE Cabriolet W111. Described to be in a wonderfully restored, showroom condition; this particular 220SE must surely be one of the nicest examples available of the mere 2,727 pieces produced. Its revised 6-cylinder engine is described to run very well and the gearbox to change effortlessly and problem free. Finished beautifully in dark blue with cognac leather, the engine revision and restoration is recorded in the cars extensive history file.
A perfect car for a real Mercedes enthusiast or collection!