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.
This example was delivered new, in right hand drive and ordered through Taylor and Crawley Mayfair in London on the 14th June 1963 for the sum of £4,097! Ordered in green (code DB268) with beige hide (code 1062) and power steering. The vendor chose to go and collect the car from the factory in Stuttgart. Photos in the cars file depict its maiden journey home.
Residing in Bournemouth with the same single owner until October 2014, 19DLC was mainly used for continental trips – the car was garaged and well looked after over the winter months. Having covered 77,000 miles from new, this car comes complete with a host of bills and receipts from new, including the original invoice along with its original books/owner’s manuals. Recently tuned and serviced, the car is described to be in good overall condition. The MOT expires February 2016.
The perfect summer car, these beautiful Mercedes convertibles offer comfortable four seat open motoring and a proper hood for the occasional rain shower. It is always surprising to realise how modern they are in their operation, literally providing old world style and relatively modern world convenience, the best of both! Rarely are these cars offered with such history and provenance. Also, with such long term ownership from new, this car is not to be missed.