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Lot 190

1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet

  • Chassis no.
  • Engine no. 127.963.11.000171
  • Body no. A128.030.10.00359

Sold for $63,250

134 bhp (SAE), 2,195 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, Hydrak semi-automatic 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 in.

  • Desirable fuel injection and Hydrak transmission
  • Single ownership for over 45 years
  • A very complete restoration project

Some collector cars remain original and unrestored because they have been neglected and left in disrepair, while others have been cherished their entire lives by a limited number of dedicated owners. This 220 SE Cabriolet, one of less than one thousand two hundred examples built for the 1959 and 1960 model years, is one such rarity. It was acquired in 1961, and one year after, it was sold new to a Toronto businessman, for whom it would become his pride and joy. He drove and enjoyed the car until about 2007. After over 45 years of ownership, he placed the car into the care of a mechanic, from whom he intended to commission a restoration.

Although the gentleman never began the restoration, the current consignor has since reinstalled the engine and confirmed that it is indeed free and not seized. With other restoration projects ongoing, he has elected to part with this car, but he has confirmed its originality. The original red leather interior remains in place, as noted by a copy of the original data card. It appears that the car was refinished at one point in its life in yellow, which is the original color of the car. The black soft-top was redone in the correct Haartz cloth, and the car retains its jack stand, spare tire, and correct Blaupunkt radio.

As a restoration project, the owner states that the car is very complete and retains many original and expensive details, including hubcaps, chrome trim, and the desirable Hydrak transmission. The engine bay is likewise exceptionally original, complete with the fuel-injected engine. Some rust is visible on the siderails and elsewhere on the car, but we understand these issues are by no means irreparable.

All told, this rare 220 SE offers a wonderful opportunity to its next discerning enthusiast.

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Alexander Weaver


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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Michael Squire


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United Kingdom

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more