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1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series

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
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series Convertible
Chassis #:
Sold for $77,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale.
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
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series Convertible
Chassis #: 111023.10.037188
Engine # 127982.12.004518
Sold for $88,000 at 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
In 1959, at the Frankfurt Show, Mercedes-Benz introduced four new models, all of which shared the same basic unitary-construction bodyshell and all-round independent suspension. They were longer than their predecessor that featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, wider rear window, vertically positioned twin headlamps and discrete tail fins. The tail fins earned it the nickname, 'Fintail.'

Powering the 220SE was a single-overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine, boasting fuel injection and increased compression ratio of 8.7:1, raising maximum output to 120 bhp. Zero-to-sixty mph was reached in just under 13 seconds with top speed near 110 mph. The 220SE was distinguished from its less expensive siblings through the use of additional chrome and twin rear bumpers. They had a Hydrak automatic clutch which proved to be a less popular option so a proper four-speed automatic transmission was made available from 1961. The interior was luxurious and well finished, with form following function.

This 220SE was completed at the Mercedes-Benz factory in 1964 and was built to European specifications and equipped with the four-speed manual transmission. The exterior color is DBG334 Light Blue, and the interior is Cognac over tan carpets. The original owner was a resident of Zurich, Switzerland who is believed to have kept the blue Mercedes for about a decade, using it sparingly and only during fair weather conditions. In March of 1974, the 220SE was purchased by its second owner, a Mr. Silverstone of Palos Verdes, California. Silverstone imported the car to California that same year, and would retain the striking Cabriolet in his collection for nearly 40 years.

In the early 2000s, the car was treated to a cosmetic restoration, during which time the car's exterior was finished in the original light blue color, the chrome and trim refinished, and the interior redone in the correct Cognac. It has color coded hubcaps and a dark blue convertible top. There is a Becker Europa radio, tools, and Mercedes-Benz factory records and books.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series Coupe
Chassis #: 11102112069964
Sold for $19,500 at 2015 Mecum : Monterey.
This Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe is powered by a 134 CID straight 6-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. It has new diamond blue metallic paint, navy blue leather interior, new exhaust, new fuel pump, sunroof, and air conditioning.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series Coupe
Work on a new series of Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans began in 1956, and production began three years later. The original 1959 model line consisted of a base-level 95-horsepower 2.2-liter straight six-cylinder 220b, the mid-range 110-horspeower twin-carb 220 Sb and the top-of-the-line 120 horsepower fuel-injected SEb. With upright grilles flanked by vertically stacked quad headlamps in front and modest fins in back, their styling was specifically aimed at Europe and North America.

Design of the very stylish two-door coupe and convertible versions began in 1957, with production starting three years later. The coupe was unveiled in Stuttgart the following February, 1961 as part of the opening ceremonies for the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The Convertible followed a few months later at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Both came only as 120-horsepower 2.2-liter 220SE models with available options including automatic transmission, power steering, a sliding sunroof and individual rear seats.

This 1964 220Se coupe is an original 35,000 mile California car with a rare (in the United States) 4-speed manual transmission. According to the owner, its first owner was a Hollywood movie director, and he is its third owner.

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