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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet '61

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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet '61 (1961)

Reference ch3139
Make Mercedes-Benz
Model 220 SE Cabriolet '61
Type cabrio
Construction year 1961
KM 00565
Cilinder displacement 2195
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive
  • Span-new car
  • In mint condition, never been driven
  • Partially hand-built
  • Matching numbers & colours

  

The Mercedes-Benz 220 SE was released in 1958 and it would be the final Ponton in the series that Mercedes-Benz would make. The Ponton and this Mercedes 220 SE represented luxury and showed that speed and performance did not necessarily have to be the defining characteristic of a luxurious car. Though, this does not mean that the car was not equipped with innovative mechanics: the arrival of the 220 SE also meant the arrival of fuel injection, which was groundbreaking at the time.

‘Das beste oder nichts’, was the Mercedes-Benz slogan, and this became clear in the quality with which their cars were - and still are - manufactured. The bodywork of the 220 SE was largely handcrafted, durable and aesthetically pleasing. The design - which was available in a bi-colour scheme to emphasize the elegant lines - was partly based on its predecessors in the Ponton series. Nonetheless, Mercedes-Benz got inspired by American car manufacturers and decided to bring a convertible version of this last Ponton on the market.

Under the hood there is a 2.2-liter six-cylinder in-line engine that produces 118 horsepower, yet the sportiness was eclipsed by prestige and luxury, as was the intention. This car was not fed by carburettors, as was common at the time. Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer in mechanical fuel injection, and this 220 SE was the first Mercedes-Benz ever to be equipped with mechanical fuel injection, or ‘Einspritzung’ as the Germans call it. In addition, the car had independent suspension on the four wheels and was also one of the first to have a crumple zone, which is still used in today’s cars.

The Mercedes-Benz ‘Fintail’ is the successor to the 220 SE, after two years of production, marking the end of the beautiful Ponton story, which lasted almost a decade. Almost 4,000 units of the 220 SE were built in total. There was a sedan, a coupe, and a convertible.

This Mercedes-Benz remains a car that has shaped the future. Also, this car is hand built and thus it is highly sought-after among aficionados. It has seen its price rocketing over the years, although, it still is a good investment.

Technical information:

Body work

  • Length (cm): 488 (192 inch)
  • Width (cm): 180 (71 inch)
  • Height (cm): 151 (59 inch)
  • Wheelbase (cm): 275 (108 inch)
  • Weight (kg): 1360 (2998 lbs)

Mechanics

  • Engine: 2195 cc in-line six front-engine
  • Valve gear: 12
  • Fuel system: Bosch fuel injection
  • Gear box: 4-speed manual
  • Transmission: RWD
  • Left-steered
  • power: 118 hp (88 kW) at 4800 t/m
  • torque: 189 Nm at 4800 t/m
  • Top speed: 170 km/h (106 mph)
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