- RHD coupe upgraded with 5.0 litre V8 engine and gearbox
- Dark green with Caramel leather interior
- Air-conditioning, electronic clocks etc.
A desirable enough classic design in its own right, the original Mercedes 220 SE Coupe provided good levels of comfort and performance by the standards of the day. However, feeling that the model had always cried out for a larger engine, a previous owner, proprietor of London based Citroen SM specialists Andrew Brodie Engineering, set about turning this RHD example into something far superior and capable of everyday use with the works reputed to have cost some £30,000 at the time. Utilising a 5.0 V8 and gearbox sourced from an SEC, the suspension was modified to cope with semi-trailing arms from a W126 replacing the original swing axles at the rear, whilst the shell was strengthened with a special cross member. The interior retains its period charm with the original handbrake lever. An electronic speedo and rev counter plus a later W126 console hinting at the dramatic changes under the skin. According to a 2008 article on the car in Mercedes Enthusiast magazine, the then owner claimed it would cruise at 100mph at just 3000rpm, had a theoretical top speed of 140mph and that he was enjoying an average 28mpg!
The history file dates back to 1989 with old MOT's and several invoices and some details of the restoration. The vendor also advises that according to an old sales advert for that car, it appears to have previously belonged to a President of the Mercedes-Benz Club UK. Finished attractively in dark green with caramel leather interior, this useable classic sits on 3.5-litre alloy wheels and is offered with Swansea V5 document. It is expected to possess a fresh MoT by the time of sale.