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1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series news, pictures, specifications, and information

The 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series was available as a sedan, coupe and convertible in three different models, including the 220b, 220Sb, and 220SEb. All three models had identical wheelbase sizes and interior dimensions. The differences were in the equipment and performance options. The 220 was powered by an overhead-cam six-cylinder engine that displaced 133.9 cubic-inches. A four-speed manual gearbox was standard with an automatic unit available for an additional charge. Pricing ranged from $4,350 - $9,500. The most expensive vehicle in the lineup was the 220SEb 2-door Convertible.

The Mercedes-Benz 220 models, internally designated W128, entered production in 1954. There were a number of six-cylinder variants available through the years, including the 220 (1954 to 1956), the 219 (1956 to 1959), 220S (1956 to 1959) and the 220SE (1959 to 1960). Only the 220S and the 220SE engines were available in the top-line cabriolets.

The 220SE, (representing Super, Fuel Injected) were luxuriously appointed and well-trimmed. They were fitted with many amenities associated with Mercedes-Benz's limited-production 300 series. Many parts of the car, including the dash and door finish, were hand-built and covered in wood veneers of burled grain. The seats and trim were clothed in Roser surfaced-dyed leather, complemented by Wilton wool carpets.

The 220SE Cabriolet was introduced in 1959 and produced through October of 1960. The engine displaced 2,195cc and offered 135 horsepower. Mercedes-Benz produced just 1,112 examples of the 220SE Cabriolet. They had a four-speed synchronized transmission, independent suspension and long wheelbase.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2011
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Sold for $77,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
The upscale W128 Ponton 220 S and 220 SE Coupe and Cabriolet was slated for retirement in late 1960, and Mercedes-Benz was in need of a suitable replacement. In August of 1959, the new models were introduced. Internally designated W111 and based on the full-length architecture of the 220 SEb Sedan, the new models wore styling that were inspired under the direction of Paul Bracq. In typical Mercedes-Benz practice, the 220 SEb Coupe and later Cabriolet versions were given the same engine and chassis components of the 220 SEb four-door sedan. The two-door models, however, did not utilize any of the Sedan's body parts.

The Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Coupe was introduced on February 24, 1961, at the opening of the Daimler-Benz Museum in Unterturkheim. The 220 SEb Cabriolet followed the Coupe with an August 1961 introduction. Both the coupe and the cabriolet featured Mercedes-Benz's four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. They were luxuriously appointed and well-trimmed with a price to match their elegant countenances. They were largely hand-built and served as the company's full-size image leaders until 1965. The basic body style would continue to live on in 250 SE and later 280 SE forms.

This particular example, a 220 SEb Cabriolet from 1964 is a late-production W111 model that is finished in silver with burgundy MB Tex upholstery and has a black canvas convertible top. There is wood-grain interior trim, a Becker Europa radio, and power-assisted steering. Power is from a 2195cc single overhead cam six-cylinder engine fitted with a Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection system. There is a four-speed automatic gearbox and disc brakes in the front with hydraulic drums in the rear.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014
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