Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 – the 220 SEb among them – all of which shared the same basic unitary-construction bodyshell and all-round independent suspension. Longer than their predecessors, these elegant newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, wider rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps. The new 220 SEb retained the fuel-injected, single-overhead-camshaft engine of the previous 220 SE, 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.
Coupé and Cabriolet models appeared in 1960 and 1961 respectively, minus the already dated-looking tail fins of the saloon. More modern in style, the luxurious 220 SEb Coupé and Cabriolet were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev counter, leather upholstery, and four-speed automatic transmission with floor-mounted gearchange lever. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production, a benefit not enjoyed by the saloon until 1962. By the time production ceased in October 1965, fewer than 17,000 220 SEb Coupé and Cabriolet models had been manufactured, and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped Grand Tourers are highly prized.
First registered to Germany in 1962, incredibly this delightful 220SE has had just two owners from new, with the last for c.40 years. The car has been clearly been loved and cared for; the paintwork is damage and rust free, as is the underside of the car. The motor we understand runs very well, and the gearbox changes smoothly. The interior leather is displaying a wonderful patina, and the woodwork appears to be in good condition.
Showing 74,000 kms recorded, and finished in ivory white with a black roof and blue leather interior, this is a rare opportunity to own a genuine, highly original, two owner classic Mercedes.