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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet

Lot No.: 456

Registration: 19 DLC
Chassis Number: 11102320046511
Engine Number: 12798420006997
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2195
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Sold for (£): 56,250

Mercedes-Benz debuted four new models at the Frankfurt Show in 1959, the 220SE among them, and all of them 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. Aimed squarely at those discerning customers who enjoyed the occasional wind in the hair driving experience, but needed four seats and a little luxury, the stylish 220SE Cabriolet was the car of choice. 

This, 220 SE Cabriolet, is a right-hand drive example and was ordered originally in Green (code DB268) with Beige hide (code 1062). Taylor and Crawley in Mayfair were the supplying dealers and they sold the car, in London, on the 14th June 1963 for the sum of £4,097.  From that date onwards the car resided in the South of England, in single family ownership, until October 2014. We’re informed ‘19 DLC’ was mainly used for extended continental trips during this period, and when not basking under the warm Mediterranean sun, was garaged and well looked after over the winter months during its 51 years with the family. The odometer now shows just over 77,000 miles and this elegant 'boulevardier' has been dry stored in a significant private collection since 2015. Accompanying the car are a host of bills and receipts, including the Bill of Sale from 1963, along with its original service records and owner’s manuals.  

These, mid-sixties cabriolets are smooth, stylish, and absolutely timeless and are sure to steal the show wherever you go. The sleek, two-door, pillarless body style, incorporating a fully convertible hood configuration, offers the rare attribute of being able to seat five in comfort, setting it apart from other contemporary offerings. Now that fully restored 280 SE Cabriolets are reaching £250,000 plus values, it may be time to consider this rare model before it stretches its legs further in the classic car market.