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Auction: Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
was auctioned on: 20 May 2006
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1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Convertible Chassis no. 11102310040354

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Estimate: €0
Price realised:  €39,100
ca. US$49,929
Lot number 230, Views: 69

“The Mercedes 220SE Coupé is a very fine engineering achievement. Not only does it provide fast and economical transport for four and their luggage, but outstanding road-holding and riding qualities make this a car which is a pleasure to drive hard, and one in which it is safe and comfortable to do so. Furthermore, it has superb brakes and a high standard of mechanical refinement.” – The Autocar. Of course, Autocar’s observations applied equally to the 220SEb Convertible, which was one of two luxurious derivatives of the 220SEb saloon that had been launched at the Frankfurt Show in 1959. This new 220 family moved Mercedes-Benz’s styling into the modern era; longer than their predecessors, these elegant newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, enlarged rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps. The fuel-injected, single-overhead-camshaft engine of the previous 220SE was retained, though maximum power of the 2.2-litre six was increased to 120bhp. Top speed was now 107mph with 60mph attainable in under 14 seconds. Two-door Coupé and Convertible models appeared in 1960 and 1961 respectively, minus the saloon’s already dated-looking tail fins. The pair were better appointed too, being equipped as standard with a rev counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission with floor-mounted gearchange lever. This 220SEb convertible was sold new in Dusseldorf, Germany in February 1963 to Dr Ewald Boshold, who owned it until 1967. Finished in grey metallic with black hood and matching interior, the car was completely restored in 2004 and comes with a file of restoration photographs, original service book and owner’s manual and comes with Portuguese registration papers. Cette 220 Seb décapotable fut vendue neuve à Düsseldorf, Allemagne, en février 1963 au Dr. Ewald Boshold qui la conserva jusqu'en 1967. Peinte en gris métallisé, capote noire et intérieur assorti, la voiture a été totalement restaurée en 2004. Elle est offerte avec un dossier de photes de sa restauration, son carnet d'entretien et son manuel d'utilisation d'origine et ses papiers d'immatriculation au Portugal.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
Date of the auction: 20 May 2006
Address: Bonhams London
Monte Carlo