1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE

Mercedes-Benz was evolving quickly in the late Fifties and was well on its way to becoming the foremost manufacturer of luxury and near-luxury automobiles in the world. Much of its success can be traced to the 220. Introduced in 1954 with a 2.2 liter single overhead camshaft inline six, Mercedes-Benz engineers quickly improved it until the series culminated in the 220SE in 1958. With Bosch mechanical fuel injection and shorter 106" wheelbase, it became a true 100+mph luxury car. The most sought are the cabriolets like this 1960. It is a California car from new with 4-speed manual transmission, the correct Becker Mexico AM-FM radio, clock, Michelin tires and Hella fog lights. It has been owned for many years by a fastidious collector who used it regularly and gave it such attention as it needed when it was needed, but never had to restore it. It is a beautiful driver, complete with books, manuals, records, tool roll and jack. Finished in a very attractive light Yellow with Tan leather interior and Black cloth top, the interior wood -- of which there is plenty -- looks like it has been redone and is in excellent condition. It is a prime example of one of the rarest and desirable collector cars, a high quality automobile that has never been apart, has been regularly used and has always been maintained. The body is straight, dry and essentially unblemished. The interior is sound, solid and attractive. The top is tight. If there is a flaw it is the top boot, which is aged and frayed, something for the next owner to contribute to the continuing preservation and presentation of this marvelous 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet.

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