Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet

With its reputation for solid and reliable automobiles well established, the Mercedes-Benz 220 models, internally designated W128, were a definite cut above the entry-level 180-Series cars, which entered production back in the early 1950s. Starting in 1954, a number of six-cylinder variants capitalized on growing demand for increased power. The 220 (1954 to 1956), the 219 (1956 to 1959), 220S (1956 to 1959) and 220SE (1959 to 1960) provided abundant horsepower and torque, packaged in the smaller body style. Only the 220S (Super) and 220SE (Super, Fuel Injected) engines were available in the top-line cabriolets.

The 220SE coupe and cabriolet were luxuriously appointed and trimmed, offering many of the amenities associated with Mercedes-Benz’s limited-production 300 series. The dash, door finish and other parts of the hand-built interior were covered in wood veneers of fabulous burled grain. Seats and trim were superior Roser surface-dyed leather, complemented by quality Wilton wool carpets. The exterior was distinguished by additional bright trim. Where the 220 sedans were somewhat dowdy and practical, the coupes and cabriolets projected an image of distinctive, but not ostentatious, elegance.

The ultimate W128 “Ponton” model was the 220SE cabriolet, introduced in 1959 and produced through October 1960. The 2,195 cc engine now delivered 134 horsepower by virtue of its Bosch mechanical fuel injection. Only 1,112 220SE cabriolets were produced.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

134 bhp (SAE), 2,195 cc inline six-cylinder engine with single overhead camshaft, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, rear swing axles with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106.3".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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