1965 Mercedes Benz 220SE/b Coupe, Rare Sunroof, Automatic

1965 Mercedes Benz 220SE/b Coupe, Rare Sunroof, Automatic


1965 220 SE/b Coupe

The W111/112 series was introduced in 1959 with the slogan “The new six-cylinders – in a class of their own” with a variety of body styles including a saloon, coupé and convertible, cementing Mercedes-Benz reputation for building superbly engineered cars. Engines were a development of their predecessors, the W180/105/128 series, benefitting from modified valve control linkages and straight intake pipes, developing 120 horsepower. The Coupé, designed by Paul Bracq, was particularly elegant with pillarless windows and large glass area. Setting new standards in passive safety, these were the first production cars to feature the Barényi-patented rigid passenger cell with front and rear crumple zones. Safety was also given top priority in the design of the interior. The new models had a padded instrument panel, for example with yielding and, in part, recessed controls, as well as a steering wheel with a padded boss. Also worthy of note was the first use in this form of safety door locks, likewise major contributors to safety in the case of an accident.

This particular 220 SEb was the subject of a comprehensive restoration. Bodywork, running gear and the engine all received attention. It was professionally resprayed in its original colour scheme of White (Glasurit paint as was on the original cars) with a matching roof and finished off with a new front grille. 14” steel wheels finished with chrome and body coloured hubcaps replace the original 13” items, improving ride and handling, aided by powered steering.

The interior is new GaHH Leather in RED with fixtures and fittings, including the woodwork which was all painstakingly restored. The car benefits from modern day essentials like front seat belts. You must drive this car, it runs like a finely tuned instrument.

A very usable classic, this 220 SEb is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian.   

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