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1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet

Lot No.: 359

Registration: FPH133B
Chassis Number: 11102322067822
Engine Number: 1279842200282
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2195
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Sold for (£): 72,000

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 4 seats and a little luxury, the stylish 220SE Cabriolet was the car of choice. 

This, right-hand drive, factory built 220 SE Cabriolet is fitted with the rare and desirable automatic gearbox and power steering combination. This particular example resided in a significant private collection, owned by a Hong Kong-based businessman, for a quarter of a century, which may explain why it has the benefit of an additional Kenlowe cooling fan making it suitable for use in a multitude of climates. The car is accompanied by a number of earlier MoT Certificates which may help clarify the (unwarranted) mileage of 80,000. We believe the car was subject to a restoration and rebuild in 1986 and there is an engineer's report by respected Mercedes engineer Nigel Cooper, detailing this. There are also various maintenance records available mainly between 1992 and 2008. 

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 280 SE Cabriolets, restored to a similar standard, are reaching £250,000 plus values, it may be time to consider this rare and elegant model before it stretches its legs further in the classic car market.