"The Mercedes-Benz 220A was succeeded in March 1956 by the 220S saloon which was externally almost identical but had an upgraded version of the six cylinder, 2195cc engine giving 99hp which was later increased to 106hp due to the use of twin carburettors. The 220S saloon was one of a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells employing large, box-section side-members - hence the term ‘Ponton’ - the others being the 190 and 219. All round coil-sprung independent suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range and the newcomers benefitted from the newly developed single-pivot rear swing axle. Short wheelbase Coupé and Cabriolet versions of the 220S soon followed. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed Gran Turismos were priced some 70% above the 220S saloon. In 1958 the 220 range was updated with a fuel-injected version of the 2.2 litre overhead camshaft six, becoming the 220SE.
This lefthand drive Mercedes-Benz was originally registered in 1959 and was imported into the UK in February 2018 when she was registered with the DVLA. A delightful colour combination adorns this 220SE the two-tone maroon and black coachwork is balanced out well with a black hood and maroon interior. We are advised the 2195cc engine runs well, this is mated to a manual gearbox. Without doubt this Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible is an interesting vehicle and one that will continue to attract attention."