Wed, 14th Oct 2015 12:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 23

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEB Coupe

Estimated at £27,500 - £32,500

Lot details
Registration No: AAP122B
Chassis No: 1110212055815
Mot Expiry: Sep 2016

- The subject of a five-page article in Mercedes Enthusiast magazine (June 2013 issue)

- Treated to an engine overhaul, bare metal respray and re-trim in leather between 2002 and 2008

- Recent £6,000 expenditure on brakes, suspension, engine / gearbox mounts, re-chromed bumpers, fresh tyres and servicing etc.

- 1 of 14,173 220SEb Coupes made. Fuel-injected 2195cc straight-six engine allied to four-speed manual transmission.

Via the W111 'fintail' series of 1959, Mercedes continued its practice of offering special two-door Coupe or Roadster versions of its Saloon cars, and the 220SEB took this supreme elegance to a whole new level. Based on the flagship S-class W111 'fintail' Saloon, with its signature upright headlights and imposing traditional Mercedes-Benz grille, the Coupe comprised a light and airy pillarless glasshouse over a distinctive two-door body. The 220 Coupe was very well appointed inside, featuring Mercedes textured leather and wood trimmings. The model's 2195cc, SOHC engine employed mechanical fuel injection of the same type as the 'Pagoda' SLs - its 120bhp being sufficient to propel the car at up to 106mph. The suspension comprised wishbones and coil springs at the front and low-pivot swing-axles with radius arms and coil springs at the rear. The resulting ride was very statesmanlike. A total of some 14,173 220SEB Coupes were built between 1961 and 1965 when the run was terminated.

'AAP 122B' vacated the Stuttgart production line in 1964. Its Red two-door Coupe bodywork is complemented by Cream leather interior trim, ivory-coloured steering wheel and wool carpets, and a wood facia. In 2002 it was treated to a comprehensive engine overhaul by Top Marques; in 2005 it benefited from a full bare metal respray, and in 2008 the interior was completely refurbished. Having been garaged ever since, it is still classed by the vendor as having 'very good' bodywork, paintwork, interior, straight-six engine and manual four-speed gearbox. Nevertheless the underside has just received a repaint and protection against the elements, as well as a service and fresh MOT. Furthermore, £6,000 has been invested in the brakes, suspension, engine and gearbox mounts, rechroming, new tyres etc. The 220 is now offered complete with a selection of invoices, old MOTS and a copy of the Mercedes Enthusiast magazine in which 'AAP 122B' starred in 2013.

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