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Auction: Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
was auctioned on: 5 June 2011
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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Coupe Chassis no. 111 021 – 12 – 023 833

Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$21,060
Lot number 318¤, Views: 72

The new 220SEb retained the fuel-injected, single-overhead-camshaft engine of the previous 220SE, though maximum power of the 2,195cc six was increased by five horsepower to 120bhp (DIN). Top speed was now 107mph (170km/h) with 60mph (97km/h) attainable in under 14 seconds. Coupé and Convertible models appeared in 1961, minus the already dated-looking tail fins of the saloon. More modern in style, the 220SEb Coupé and Convertible were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev-counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission with floor-mounted gear-change lever. Front disc brakes were fitted from the start of production, a benefit not enjoyed by the 220SEb saloon until 1962. The car we offer here is a good, straight and original example. It is offered in the original scheme in which it was delivered of DB050 white livery and retains black leather interior trim, albeit the beneficiary of a high quality repaint and the actual seats which have been refurbished in the correct pattern. Complimenting the exterior/color combination is an original white/ivory steering wheel and the cabin has factory air-conditioning – two nice luxuries of its day. By its owner's admission the car has been maintained regardless of cost, quite simply because of the pleasure that it has given him to enjoy and use the car. That care has included new timing chain, valve adjustment, king pins, shock and exhaust. It also has 4 new correct sized tires (rare commodities on their own) as well as new chrome 13 inch vented trim rings and correct original chrome hub caps. Over the course of its near 50 year lifetime a recorded mileage of a little over 90,000 has been covered. Of the options that Mercedes presented, it could be argued that a Coupe of this generation is the best of all worlds - it has the rigidity of a sedan and the availability of open air motoring when the weather permits as all the windows go down. It is also undoubtedly one of the most classically elegant coupes the company ever produced. With owner's pouch, books, tools and many service records, this is a well documented and presented car that is 'totally sorted and ready to drive' by its next custodian. Without reserve

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
Date of the auction: 5 Jun 2011
Address: Bonhams London
Greenwich Greenwich 100 Arch Street Greenwich CT 06830 Tel: +1 415 391 4000 Fax : +1 415 391 4040 [email protected]