Gottlieb Daimler patented the first international combustion-powered automobile in 1886. He then formed the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, (DMG). Soon, Viennese banker Emil Jellinek, having been impressed with the Daimler-built engines he saw in the Paris-Rouen race in 1894, brought a controlling in DMG. DMG created a 4-cylinder vehicle in 1900 and dubbed it Mercedes, named after Jellinek's daughter. For five years, Jellinek had exclusive rights to most Mercedes production and limited the sale to individuals of known reputation. This early combination of exclusively and quality firmly established the reputation of the Mercedes automobile with style, elegance and performance.
During World War II, Mercedes Benz's Stuttgart factories were destroyed. After the war, Mercedes began reconstruction with a limited production of the Type 170 sedan. The profits from these options were reinvested in building new facilities and in designing and developing new models. A completely new lineup of vehicles emerged in 1951 as the 220 and 300.
Produced from October 1958 until the end of 1960, the signature model of this collection was the 220SE. It was offered as a Coupe, Cabriolet or Sedan. In 1959, the 220 SE Coupe and Cabriolet received a 2.2-liter, fuel injected engine. This additional power was a much-welcomed addition to a luxurious, but rather heavy vehicle. It is estimated that during its four year run, 830 220SE Coupes rolled off the production line. This vehicle was purchased by Louis Nippart, heir to the Proctor & Gamble fortune.
The 220SE Coupe is counted among the rarer Mercedes-Benz post war vehicles with only 830 units produced from 1958 thru 1960. In January 1959 the 220SE Coupe sold for $7,641 plus $55 added for the 2.2 Bosch Fuel Injection, which was only produced for [Read More...]
Sold for $83,600 at 2006 Gooding & Company. This 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach. It is finished in a two-tone color scheme and has been treated to a total restoration by Bob Platz of Precision Autoworks in Ne [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
The car was originally owned by actress Judy Garland. Later acquired by the son of a European Baron, it was in this estate that the current owners purchased the car. Before entering the collection of the new owners it underwent a careful restoration. [Read More...]
The Mercedes-Benz 220SE was introduced in 1958 and remained in production until 1959 with a total of 1974 examples being produced. 1112 of those were cabriolets. The 'SE' was considered an upgraded version of the 220 and offered in coupe, sedan and cabriolet body styles.
The 220SE were built with high attention to detail, almost mimicking the 330SC. They came equipped with polished wooden dashboards and door cappings, leather upholstery, and chrome trim. Under the hood was a 2.2-liter engine that produced nearly 135 horsepower and could carry the 220SE to speeds of 100 mph. The use of Bosch fuel-injection meant the increase in power while a reduction in fuel consumption.
A cabriolet, also known as a 'Ponton Series', cost just under $9,000 when new. These were among the first of the postwar, modern, Mercedes-Benz designs. Their styling retained the traditional Mercedes-Benz touches while adapting a modern style that appealed to a wider generation. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
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