1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE for auction

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

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These elegant coupes were hugely expensive in their day and now offer a fair bit of car for the money.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE for auction
Big elegant coupes like this 220SE have an appeal all their own.

In 1961, Mercedes-Benz bolstered its new line of luxury coupes with the W111 220SE, which the German brand debuted at the Geneva Motor Show that year.

The car featured elegant, trend-setting styling by designer Paul Bracq, in both its coupe and open-topped configuration, setting the scene for what Mercedes-Benz would later become.

Bracq was also responsible for the pagoda roof series of coupes for Benz, plus BMWs E24 6-series.

The coupes and cabriolets were built at Sindelfingen alongside the saloons but were finished by hand to a higher standard than their four-door siblings.

The 220SE was treated to Mercedes' most luxurious interiors, with unique door trims and carpeting, and the option of a polished walnut dash and leather seats.

Under the bonnet, the coupe was equipped with a fuel-injected six-cylinder engine that was paired with either a four-speed manual or automatic transmission. This example is a manual.

To be sold at the 2016 Shannons Summer Classic Auction in Melbourne, is an original Aussie-delivered 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe. The car is well presented having recently been rubbed back to bare metal and resprayed.

Adding to the cars appeal is the fact that it is equipped with the rare four-speed manual gearbox and comes with an original Becker radio.

Its odometer reads 90,000 miles (144,840km), which is likely the total mileage as the car spent several decades in storage.

The condition report suggests it needs restoration work, but this car could become a pretty special weekend driver and a piece to add to the collection. It's estimated at $22-28,000.

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