More than €78,000 spent recently
Restored in good taste by preserving the state of origin
Only 2 owners since 1980
With the Type 220 of 1951, Mercedes started modernising its mainstream models by offering a lovely six cylinder engine with overhead camshaft. The 220S of 1956 completed this evolution by introducing a monocoque shell in the place of the tubular chassis inherited from before the War and a superb Ponton body without running board and with a hood line only just above the top of the wings that are now integrated. The 220SE of 1958 then received a Bosch fuel injection system that gave it a substantial hike in torque at a lower engine speed which added to the driving enjoyment. The 220SE was offered as a saloon, a coupe and a cabriolet A (two door, two-seater), the latter two styles being the most sought after.
The 220SE on offer, first registered in France on 17 May 1960, is one of the last examples with the Ponton body entirely in steel. It was acquired on 1 March 1980 by the previous owner M Sprecher, an important Mercedes-Benz collector who owned a 300 SL Roadster and a 300 SL Gullwing. The car was in a very good state of origin when it was sold in 2010 during an Artcurial sale to its current owner, a connoisseur of the brand. The latter then started a very high level restoration with the aim of being able to use the car like when it was new, while maintaining its exceptional appearance of origin.
The car was stripped bare to be repainted in its original shade (Mercedes G158), the seals and the rods were replaced and the chrome redone. The engine was completely redone with new pistons and valves, the front and rear suspension arms were refurbished, as well as the gearbox. Nothing was left to chance in this meticulous and well documented restoration, totaling more than 78 000 € of invoices. The hood was replaced but the superb original leather seats were carefully cleaned, before being reassembled, giving the car its inimitable charm.
It is rare to see this type of car on the market, very representative of the classic modern period for Mercedes and characterized by high build quality and finish that was second to none at the time.
Coming with an important file of invoices reflecting the work carried out, this 220 SE is in a remarkable condition, a tribute to its passionate owner.