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.
Only approximately 350 Mercedes Benz 220 SE Cabriolets were hand built each year during 1958-1960. The 220 SE is equipped with a 2.2 liter overhead cam six-cylinder engine, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, and a four-speed manual transmission with shifter on the column. Top speed of 100 MPH can be attained.
The superb coachwork features a thick padded top, rich Roser leather, wool carpets and bountiful Macassar ebony wood allows passengers to tour in total comfort. The 220 SE Cabriolet looks much like a roadster. Its rear seat can accommodate two passengers or be folded flat to create additional luggage space.
The car's odometer is only showing 33,000 miles. The car is complete with owner's manual, factory tool roll and German build sheet.
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 one year.
The car utilizes a unitized frame floor construction with sub-frame. The car has co-cylinder gasoline fuel-injected engine with 134 horsepower at 5000 RPMs. It also has a four-speed fully-synchronized transmission.
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 New Jersey. It comes equipped with the original Mexico radio and correct burgundy leather interior.
It is powered by a 2195-cc inline six-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower. The power from the fuel-injected engine is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. There are four-wheel servo-assisted brakes and coil suspension in both the front and rear.
It was offered for sale without reserve and estimated to sell at auction for $90,000-$120,000. The car did find a new owner, though it was just under the estimated value. The selling price was $83,600. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
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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