The success of the 220, moderately priced but built to the highest quality and performance, introduced Mercedes-Benz to a new market. Not able to afford its luxury sedans and convertibles, and not ready for the two-seat accommodations of its sports models, nor willing to accept the pedestrian performance of its high volume fours, the 220 made Mercedes-Benz quality available to owners who appreciated the combination of style, performance and comfort at moderate prices. The Bosch mechanical fuel injected engine proved to be both powerful and reliable and was continued with increased horsepower when Mercedes introduced a new 111-series body in 1961, a design that combined ample power with excellent road holding in a moderately sized package that has become a collectors' favorite. This 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE cabriolet presents extremely well with quality paint in silver done as it should be with attention to all the areas frequently overlooked. The red leather interior, black cloth top and carpets and red leather top boot cover, even the top liner, have been properly and correctly redone. Fitted with a column shift automatic transmission, Frigi-King air conditioning and Becker Europa AM-FM radio the chrome is as-new, the interior is sharp and the interior wood (which appears to be original, not over-varnished aftermarket pieces) is sound and highly attractive. This 220SE has never been apart for a restoration, instead being attended to as necessary to keep it in excellent operating condition and first class cosmetically. The most recent owner even went to the effort of fitting a Mercedes-Benz branded battery in the effort to present this 220SE to high standards. It runs and drives beautifully and will attract admiring looks wherever it appears.
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