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 wonderful example was the subject of a partial restoration about ten years ago when the seat coverings were replaced and the wood trim was re-done. The engine was detailed extensively in 2010. This car is presented in white with black interior and comes with an automatic gearbox. This lovely iconic coupe is in good overall condition and has been maintained by marque specialist Roger Edwards of Amersham and is an opportunity not to be missed for this sought after model.