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Lot 118: Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

It is not always appreciated what a stir Mercedes-Benz road cars made in the 1950s. Leaving aside such obvious stars as the 300SL 'Gullwing', there were headlines like Magnificent Mercedes upon the debut of a new saloon. It is not hard to see why: the company pioneered new heights of build quality, even in more mundane models. The Mercedes 220 series of the Fifties has the stately elegance and engineering integrity so emblematic of this company from Stuttgart. The Cabriolet, the most attractive, rarest and thus most valuable of the series, epitomises luxurious open air Continental touring on a grand scale. The Frankfurt Motor Show in the Spring of 1951 saw the return of Mercedes-Benz to their traditional place in the high quality market with the introduction of the 220 series. In line with the rest of the contemporary range of models, these cars featured six cylinder single overhead camshaft engines, valves being across, not in line with, the head. This unit produced 80bhp at a relaxed 4,600rpm, giving an impressive 90mph top speed. Roadworthiness was described by The Motor at the time as outstanding, all independent suspension giving a remarkably level ride on poor secondary roads, yet with good high speed cornering and precise steering. This car was not cheap however, the German price of 1,098 being inflated to 2,123 for the UK market. This splendid cabriolet Mercedes was manufactured on the 25th April 1963 and underwent a total restoration completed earlier this year  it is decribed by the owner as in 'mint' condition. This luxury cabriolet boasts a 2.2 litre 6 cylinder engine with an automatic gearbox, and is finished in silver with a cognac hide interior: a striking and fabulous car from every angle. These rare, stylish and understated four seat convertibles remain among the most desirable of cars and are thus is high demand. This exceptional, ready to use example, supplied with a UK V5, is arguably the best available today and is not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number118
Estimate£65000-£80000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1963
Condition rating1
Registration number7006 FD
Mileage-
Chassis number11102322043107
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2