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The 1960 220 SE Cabriolet offered here stands among the finest and freshest examples of one of today’s most sought-after Mercedes- Benz classics. The consignor reports that the car was acquired three years ago from longtime owner, famed photographer Bruce Weber, and has been thoroughly restored in Europe by experienced automotive craftsmen and technicians to original Mercedes-Benz specifications. Photographs, documents, and receipts detailing the restoration process accompany the sale of the Mercedes-Benz.
The work included a complete rebuild of the 134 hp, inline six-cylinder engine, and its Bosch fuel injection using Mercedes-Benz parts exclusively. The engine was subsequently evaluated on a special Mercedes-Benz test stand to ensure rigorous performance standards were met. Consumable parts in the four-speed synchronized gearbox, refined independent suspension, and the brake and electrical systems have been replaced. The car rides on new tires, with 480 km having been acquired on the odometer during the sorting process.
The consignor states that the car’s appearance has been elevated to immaculate concours- level standards. The sheet metal was stripped and the panels restored or replaced as necessary, with the goal of achieving as-new condition. The body was then meticulously block sanded and finished with Standox paint to give it a lustrous period-correct dark blue shade that is complemented by a black convertible top. The interior features an abundance of new rich red leather upholstery and Wilton wool carpeting. The chrome accents and wood- veneer trim are beautifully restored and refinished. A period Becker radio provides audio entertainment.
This is the first appearance since restoration for this rare and glamorous Mercedes-Benz, and its next owner will have the privilege and honor of debuting a truly stunning 220 SE Cabriolet.
The Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet
As the ultimate expression of the Mercedes-Benz “Ponton” series, the 220 SE coupe and cabriolet debuted in 1958 and 1959, respectively. The cars exuded distinctive yet tasteful elegance and featured clean styling with attractively restrained handcrafted interiors trimmed with burled wood veneer, leather hides, and Wilton wool carpeting. Instrument panels were fully equipped and smartly laid out, setting a design standard for all other marques.
Produced in limited numbers through October 1960, only 1,942 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton-style coupes and cabriolets were built; 1,112 were cabriolets. The lofty $ 8,091 price tag – almost double the cost of some 1960 Cadillacs – ensured American buyers that purchasing a 220 SE Cabriolet provided significant exclusivity. This glamorous and highly prized automobile is appreciated by Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts for its sophisticated mechanicals, impeccable build quality, and handsome lines that boast a roadster-like sportiness with the top down.