1. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Cabriolet

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Cabriolet
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $130,000
CHASSIS NO: 11102310048554
• Renowned Mercedes “Jubilee Model” with influential design
• Equipped with Becker ‘Mexico’ AM/FM radio and Kühlmeister A/C
• Sophisticated and sporting driving dynamics
• Recent comprehensive service and recent re-upholstery
• A quality example, ready for top-down enjoyment

2,195 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, independent rear suspension with single-joint low-pivot swing axles, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 108.5”

The year 1961 was a truly historic one for Daimler-Benz AG. In addition to marking the 35th Anniversary of the merger of Daimler and Benz, the company also observed the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Karl Benz’s historic Patent Motorwagen. Appropriately, the company celebrated both world-changing milestones with the public introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe in conjunction with the opening of the new Daimler-Benz Automotive Museum in Stuttgart.
Rightly heralded as the “Jubilee Year Mercedes,” the all-new 220 SEb marked a quantum forward leap from the 220 SE it replaced, with modernistic yet elegant styling that would profoundly influence Mercedes-Benz design language throughout the rest of the 1960s. A handsome, high-prestige version of the 220 SE sedan, the two-door, four-seat 220 SEb Coupe was soon joined by the even more-glamourous Cabriolet.
Aptly described by Mercedes historian Dennis Adler in his book, “Daimler & Benz: The Complete History” as “…a perfect synthesis of sports car and touring car,” the 220 SEb was powered by a 2.2-litre fuel-injected six-cylinder engine. The sporty driving experience was nicely contrasted by the car’s luxurious and rationally designed interior compartment, replete with top-quality leather upholstery and rich, finely finished burled wood trim. While constructed similarly to its predecessor with unitized body/chassis architecture, single-joint low-pivot swing axle independent rear suspension, and independent front underpinnings, the new 220 SEb coupe and cabriolet rode a slightly longer wheelbase and overall length was extended accordingly. Longer, lower, and wider, the new car provided significantly improved passenger room and comfort. Four-wheel disc brakes were a Mercedes-Benz first and again demonstrated Stuttgart’s global safety-engineering leadership to match the models’ 105-mph top speed potential.
In his book, Adler quoted Mercedes-Benz designer Bruno Sacco, who joined the design staff at the Sindelfingen works in 1958. As related by Mr. Sacco, the 220 SEb design “…was one of the most beautiful Mercedes ever designed, but not only that: it was one of the most beautiful cars designed anywhere. The proportions were just right, and there were no transient styling elements…” Among its many styling virtues, the 220 SEb also marked the ultimate expression of the vertically oriented headlamp design, which originated with 300 SL and lent a commanding and sophisticated aura to the car.
The expert Consignor acquired this wonderful 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb from a private collection in the vicinity of Austin, Texas. It is a very nicely presented example throughout, equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox and the clean white exterior finish contrasted handsomely by the very nice red leather-upholstered interior that appears to have been fitted recently. Other desirable features include proper Becker ‘Mexico’ AM/FM radio and Kühlmeister air-conditioning unit, plus power-operated window lifts and an electric clock. In keeping with an excellent maintenance regime, the Mercedes benefits from a recent service including a change of the spark plugs and oil, carburetor tuning, replacement of the hydraulic clutch master cylinder, slave cylinder, and hose, all followed by a complete steam cleaning and detailing. Visually striking and ready to go, this 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb is a truly important and highly influential classic Mercedes-Benz model set for open-air enjoyment.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Cabriolet
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