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For Sale: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE in Santa Barbara, California

$57,000
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Vehicle Description

Beautifully restored to a high level, just an amazing Resto from every angle. Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe featured in stunning Red (DB516) with Beige Leather Interior. The W111 Coupe was first introduced in March of 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show. Consequently, it was the same show that Jaguar introduced the new ''E'' Type. Although the E-Type stole all the thunder from the show, sales of the new W111 coupe were strong and the waiting list turned quickly into over a year. The classic W111 coupes were all hand built and production ran from 1961 through 1971. Mercedes 220SE coupe 1962 � German traditional automotive majesty in all its glory, � Manual transmission and respectable acceleration, � Magnificent conveyance on country roads, � Built like a tank. By any standards, 1962's 220SE is a majestic automobile. It makes a powerful statement, upright with uncompromisingly German lines. Just the massive radiator is a show stopper. Hardly surprisingly, these classic lines became popular and still attract enthusiasts today. Above all, these are luxurious, reliable, and tough motorcars aimed at an audience which craved fast cruising and comfort. I drove a partially restored coupe, with a lustrous maroon color that draws your attention at once. Passers-by marveled at the color scheme. This is a classic, absolutely solid German coupe of the day with superbly crafted stainless steel interior fittings and very comfortable front seats. The back seats are quite roomy for smaller passengers. The example I drove was not entirely original. For instance, it had a larger than average steering wheel, which actually helped in tight corners. I eased cautiously into the traffic, with a discreet push on the accelerator and slipped from first into second, then third. The throws are fairly short and well defined, which made quite rapid changes easy to make in traffic. When starting from a stop light or traffic light, you need a little more push on the throttle than in today's cars, which takes a little getting used to. The acceleration is leisurely by today's standards, but predictable, with considerable aggression when you go north of 4,000 revs. If you want speed, use the revs aggressively! This is very much a freeway car, capable of motoring effortlessly between 65 and 70 all day, faster if legal. The ride is comfortable, the noise level quieter than you might expect. There's no power steering, but the steering is precise, if at times a trifle heavy, but this is a weighty automobile. On country roads, we pushed along at a nice speed, nothing spectacular, but this is very much an understated performer, perfectly capable of long, fast journeys, but just content to admire the view. The car surprised me in traffic, for it maneuvered well and precisely. Obviously, it's a large, indeed massive, car by today's standards, so parking in crowded malls is harder than usual. This is a car to sit back and enjoy, which requires care in traffic, for you (the car, that is) are larger and much heavier than most of your neighbors. Easy to drive, fast when necessary, and utterly comfortable, this is a very good choice for someone who likes classic cars and their unique ambiance. It will appeal to lovers of older automobiles, but also to male or female drivers who simply want something distinctive, prestigious, and different. The 220SE has a unique ambiance that you don't find in today's motorcars. With its superb maroon paint job and wood adorned interior, this is a superb example of a 1962 220SE with a manual box and 58,000 (?original) mils on the clock.. The present owner has lavished care on the car, and it shows, with careful attention to the radio (not the standard one), the steering wheel, and other details. Purists may want to change things, but that's their privilege. In the meantime, this is a lovely early 1960s automobile that's looking for a loving, permanent home, where it will be driven not just looked at.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1174698
  • Price:$57,000
  • Location:Santa Barbara, California
  • Year:1962
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:220SE
  • Exterior Color:Burgundy
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:53452
  • Stock Number:100043cc
  • VIN:10-00430CC