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.
The convertible offered here was delivered new to Germany before finding its way in the 1970s United States. Since being repatriated to Europe the Mercedes was extensively restored before becoming part of a Monaco-based collection.
As you would expect of a car of this quality, the Mercedes performs faultlessly. These are wonderfully stylish and practical classic cars, and this well presented example is well worth considering.