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The Mercedes-Benz 220 SE raised the bar for mid-range luxury when introduced in 1959, noted for its fine finish and attention to detail. One notably successful variant of the series, the Bruno Sacco-designed SEb, was particularly elegant with its 2+2 pillarless coupe proportions and hand-built construction. Road & Track magazine called the model “one of the best-looking body designs to come from any German concern.” With only 13 cars produced per week with such exacting craftsmanship, the SEb was instantly regarded as a collectible classic.
Desirably equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, power steering, and a Becker Mexico TR radio, this 220 SEb was purchased new by S.C. Pohlmann of San Francisco. Mr. Pohlmann took delivery of the car in Europe in late 1961 and went on to drive it on an extended continental tour. Maintenance records reflect that the car received its first 500-mile service at G. Bergstaller & Co. in Vienna, Austria, and a 1,900-mile service at Mercedes-Benz S.A. Garage de la Frontière in Monaco.
Later imported to California, the Mercedes- Benz received a comprehensive, fully documented restoration between 1980 and 1983 that was recognized by numerous concours d’elegance and marque publications. In 1991 the gorgeous coupe was the subject of a cover feature in The Star, the official Mercedes- Benz Club of America magazine. The car also appeared in several Mercedes-Benz television commercials and attended numerous marque celebrations and concours, where it always scored 99 points or higher.
In 2008, this 220 SEb was entrusted to the experts at Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California, for a thorough mechanical freshening with no expense spared. Two years later, the car was acquired by the consignor, a Texas-based collector who, in late 2010, commissioned the installation of a period-correct Behr air-conditioner with a tastefully upgraded modern compressor for superior cooling.
This 220 SEb Coupe is accompanied by the original owner’s manual, a service booklet (including numerous period entries), original data cards, registration cards, copious restoration and service documentation, tool roll, first-aid kit, jack, spare assembly, and accessories. Optimally poised for continued concours acclaim, this rare 220 SEb would make a gorgeous grand touring addition to any collection, and invites future ownership to make a competitive run at Mercedes-Benz club events. It is surely among the finest examples available in today’s market, and will doubtlessly draw the attention of discerning connoisseurs looking to acquire a premium-level 220 W111 Coupe.