Design of a replacement for the two-door Pontons began in 1957; as most of the chassis and drivetrain were to be unified with the sedan, the scope was focused on the exterior styling. Some of the mockups and prototypes show that Mercedes-Benz attempted to give the two-door car a front styling almost identical to what would be realised in the Pagoda roadster, but ultimately favoured the work of engineer Paul Bracq. The rear bodywork however, persisted, and thus though officially still called a fintail, the rear end design had no chrome fin highlights. Production began in late 1960, and in February of the next year the coupe was premiered in Stuttgart for the 75th anniversary of the opening of Mercedes-Benz Museum. Unlike the previous generation of two-door ponton series, there was only one model for the two-door vehicle, the 220SE on both versions, with the identical M127 2,195cc engine. Options included a sliding sunroof for the coupe, automatic transmission, power steering, and individual rear seats.
This rare and original UK delivered car has only had 2 owners from new; the first owner, a Mr John Wolff believed to be part of the famous shipbuilders on the Govan in Glasgow, owned the car for 48 years, around this time some restoration work appeared to have been done prior to the car being sold and barn stored for some considerable time. A unique opportunity to acquire this rare and highly collectible classic.
|Auction||The London Classic Car Show|
|Auction Date||16th February 2019|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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