Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet

The “fintail” Mercedes Benz 220SE set a new standard for middle-class luxury when it was introduced in 1959, replacing the “ponton” car. The convertible version arrived next year and was a mainstay of the marque for almost 10 years. Both it and its coupe sibling were built without the fins rear of the early 1960s sedans, which were remodeled without fins in the mid-60s.

Production of the pillarless coupe and convertible began in late 1960. The coupe made its debut in Stuttgart in February 1961, with the convertible following later at the Frankfurt show. The convertible was almost identical to the coupe, with the soft-top roof folding into a recess behind the rear seat and being covered by a tightly-fitting bag. Between 1960 and 1965 Mercedes built 16,902 220SE coupes and convertibles.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

134 hp, 2,195 cc, SOHC six-cylinder engine, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension by unequal length A-arms, coils springs and sway bar, single low-pivot swing axles with trailing arms and coil springs, front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3"

Source: RM Auctions

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