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Lot 132: Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959 - the 220SEb 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 220SEb retained the fuel-injected, single-overhead-camshaft engine of the previous 220SE, though maximum power of the 2,195cc six was increased by five horsepower to 120bhp (DIN). Top speed was now 107mph (170km/h) with 60mph (97km/h) attainable in under 14 seconds. Coup� and Convertible models appeared in 1960 and 1961 respectively, minus the already dated-looking tail fins of the saloon. More modern in style, the luxurious 220SEb Coup� and Convertible 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 220SEb saloon until 1962. This automatic transmission 220SEb convertible enjoyed single family ownership from new until 2007, passing from grandfather to grandson in 2000, and since 2007 has had two further owners. Original stickers are still on the windscreen. Boasting the rare combination of right-hand drive and a 'km/h' speedometer, the Mercedes-Benz has remained in Italy all its life, having been ordered to this specification by the first owner who was used to right-hand drive Lancias. Currently displaying a believed-correct total of less than 40,000 kilometres on the odometer, it was partially restored in 1990, including a re-spray in original colour, and is described as in generally very good condition. The car is finished in grey with dark brown hood and beige leather interior, the latter retaining its original Becker radio in working order. A new brake master cylinder was fitted recently and the car performed faultlessly on recent short test drive. It comes with Italian roadworthiness certificate (valid until September 2013 and is offered with all original books including owner's manual, service manual and Becker radio manual.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
TypeCar
Lot Number132
Estimate£50000-£60000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£55000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£63100
Year1962
Condition rating2
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number11102322036268
Engine number127984
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2