1962 Mercedes Benz 220Seb Cabriolet
Completed at the Mercedes-Benz factory in 1962, this elegant 220SEb Cabriolet was built to European specifications and equipped with the desirable four speed manual transmission. The exterior color chosen was the elegant DB050 White, and the interior was clad in red with contrasting maroon - the combination is stunning. The car is believed to have been imported into the U.S. in 1984, and was purchased by the current owner in 2007.
Classic Era Motors performed an extensive cosmetic restoration of the car in 2015. The car's body was taken down to the bare metal before receiving a show quality paint job in its original color. On the inside the interior was restored in accordance with the build sheet, receiving all new red/maroon leather and carpeting. All of the wood trim and brightwork was refinished to a very high standard. The original Blaupunkt radio was restored to its original working order. To top things off - a new convertible top and headliner were fitted. The lesser seen areas such as the trunk and the engine bay were also been detailed to show condition.
Mechanically the car was in fantastic condition, showing what is believed to be less than only 109,000 original kilometers. To insure that the car's performance matched it looks, we rebuilt its fuel injection system, brake components, and replaced its clutch . It should be noted that before the car left Europe, its original engine was replaced with a slightly later, larger capacity 250SL engine.
The car was sold at the Bonhams Auctions in Greenwich Ct in 2016.
The following write up is from the Sports Car Market evaluation of our car at the auction.
"Recent, careful restoration. Paint flawless, chrome excellent. Driver’s door and trunk fit slightly off. Cloth top new, rear window clear and unwrinkled. Small scrape on rear bumper guard. Interior carefully done, with wood dash and seats restored to highest level. Steering wheel has some fine cracks, and slight pitting on some chrome pieces. Non-original engine is from a 250SL. Proper hose clamps, no polishing or chroming, clean and authentic looking on brief inspection.
While the somewhat sluggish 6-cylinder cabriolets don’t share the glory with their 8-cylinder cousins, they are appealing and relative bargains now. The restoration on this example was excellent. Too bad this quality is less commonly seen on these models than on far more valuable 3.5 models. Seller likely spent substantial money on this restoration. Engine replacement may have been an issue with some potential buyers. Very well bought."
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