Lot 9

2018   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2018

1961 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Coupe

SOLD $48,400


$90,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

Inaugural Model Year for the Famed W111 Series
Documented High-Quality Restoration
Mechanical Freshening by Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
Subject of a Cover Article in The Star
Part of a Respected Northwest Mercedes-Benz Collection

Technical Specs

2,195 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
118 BHP at 4,800 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Disc, Rear Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Swing Axle with Coil Springs
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Mercedes-Benz’s legendary W111 Series was all new for 1961 and was particularly elegant with its sleek 2+2 pillarless coupe proportions and distinctive C-pillar. Its hand-finished details held production to just 13 cars per week.

Desirably equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox, power steering, and a Becker Mexico TR radio, this 220 SEb was delivered in Europe to an American buyer, and its first two services were performed in Vienna and Monaco. Later imported to California, the Mercedes-Benz received a comprehensive, documented restoration between 1980 and 1983 that achieved 99-plus point scores at numerous concours d’elegance. It has been featured in a Road & Track road test article and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America magazine.

In 2008, this 220 SEb was entrusted to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California, for extensive mechanical freshening. Two years later, it received period-correct Behr air-conditioning with a modern compressor for superior cooling. Since the early 1980s this 220 SEb Coupe has had just three owners – all MBCA members. The car has been extensively detailed and presents exceptionally well; it also was recently serviced by a marque expert to assure proper operation. The Coupe is accompanied by the original owner’s manual, a service booklet (with numerous period entries), data cards, registration cards, restoration and service documentation, tool roll, and jack. A beautiful example that would be prohibitively expensive to duplicate, this outstanding Mercedes-Benz will surely draw the attention of discerning marque connoisseurs.