The Mercedes-Benz W111 series was produced from 1959 to 1968
with two door coupés and cabriolets being produced from 1961 to
1971. Design of a replacement for the two-door Pontons began in
1957 with the emphasis on the exterior styling. Some of the
mock-ups and prototypes show that Mercedes-Benz attempted to give
the two-door car a front styling similar to the Pagoda roadster.
The rear bodywork persisted however and, although officially still
called a 'fintail', the rear end design had no chrome fin
highlights. Production began in late 1960 and in February of the
next year, the coupé was premiered in Stuttgart for the 75th
anniversary of the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The 220 SE
was superseded in early autumn 1965 by the 250 SE which featured
the new 2496 cm3 M129 engine, producing 150 horsepower, which gave
it a significant improvement in top speed, 120mph, and 0-60
acceleration in 12 seconds. Visibly the changes only affected the
new 14 rims with new hub cabs and beauty rings; this was to
accommodate the larger disk brakes and the new rear axle from the
First registered in Hamburg, Germany, this example has spent much
of its life in Riverside, California where it was purchased and
brought to the UK for restoration. A manual fuel injected example
offered in silver with a black leather interior, the body and
chassis were not in very good condition prior to the restoration.
Much of the trim, headlining and wood have all been renewed; inner
and outer front wings, both headlight buckets, front valance and
cross member have been replaced and a full respray was undertaken.
All of the chrome is in good condition, many of which have been
replaced over the last decade and are now showing little or no
signs of pitting; we are also told there are no signs of filler.
The vendor states that he never had a Mercedes-Benz engine run
quite as well as this example. This represents a fabulous
opportunity to own one of Mercedes-Benz gentleman's cruisers.
Offered for sale with taxes paid, Nova certificate and US
*Interested parties should note that this car was only
very recently subject to a restoration and as such some minor
fettling is expected to be required and a few parts that are on
order but did not arrive will be forwarded onto the new owner in
due course. For more information please ask a member of Historics
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170