1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe

In the late 1950’s, Mercedes-Benz began replacing the ageing Ponton sedans, coupes and cabriolets with an all new car designated internally as the W110/W111. This new series of mid-range cars became known as Heckflosse - German for “fintail”. As the nickname implies, Heckflosse sedans featured prominent tail fins, a clear concession to the American market where Mercedes-Benz was desperate to expand. Engines ranging from a 1.9L 4-cylinder to a 3.0L six cylinder were offered, along with conventional springs or air suspension and differing wheelbases. Coupe and cabriolet variants debuted in 1960, sharing a similar front end design with their stable mates, except the fins were drastically toned down. The coupe featured a distinct c-pillar design with a steeply raked, wraparound rear screen and a pillarless greenhouse that gave an open and elegant look with the windows down. Full seating for four and a large trunk made it the perfect choice for touring the continent in subdued style. This design proved successful enough to outlive the Heckflosse sedan by a full six years and inspire the design of the next generation of Mercedes sedans, the W108/109. W111 Coupes and Cabriolets remained in production until 1971.

This elegant 1965 220 SE coupe is finished in an attractive combination of light blue over a bone-white interior with tan carpets. This is an un-restored example that has been very well maintained and presents in very good honest condition. There’s nothing to hide, just a good solid 60’s Mercedes-Benz. Light blue (Mercedes code DB334) paintwork is very good, showing some signs of regular use, but overall quite presentable and honest. Mercedes-Benz’s legendary build quality is evident as this car has survived very well in unrestored condition – it is free of rust and corrosion and the bright trim is solid and presentable. Inside the airy and comfortable cabin are four individual bucket seats upholstered in off-white. The overall interior is in good, original condition with the wood generally solid condition. Beige carpets, blue door caps and dash and zebrano wood trim complete the classic 1960’s feel. Typically for these cars, the dash-top wood is sun-damaged but it is complete and certainly restorable. This example is originally equipped with the extremely rare “Safari Seat” option. This rare package featured individual rear bucket seats, replacing the standard bench, and smaller, sportier front seats. Very few W111’s were fitted with this option and cars that have it are highly sought after by enthusiasts. A desirable factory air conditioning system is present, as is a period correct radio. Lifting the hood reveals the mechanically fuel injected inline-six in clean presentable condition. The engine is tidy, well serviced and strong running. It is equipped with an automatic transmission, preferred by most W111 enthusiasts as it is best suited for the relaxed nature of the car. Mercedes-Benz cars of this era are exceptionally well built and reward regular use. They are enjoyable, stylish and easy to own classics.

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