1966 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe Registration no. WLX 32G Chassis no. 1110222082863
This Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupé was ordered new from the factory by Mr C J Hudson in January 1966 for his retirement and delivered to him in Germany, where he was then resident. The car was ordered in right-hand drive configuration with every extra offered by the factory at the time (see below). As the car was delivered in Germany, it had to have its speedometer in kilometres in order to be legal, and this remains in place. The original service book and the original driver's manual are both available, with the former recording the first service at 450 kilometres carried out by Josef Spielvogel KG in Bergheim-Zieverich, Germany, which is still in existence today as a Mercedes-Benz dealership.
In 1969, Mr Hudson moved back to the UK and thereafter had the car serviced at Mercedes-Benz Great Western Road and at a specialist Mercedes garage in Portman Close, Baker Street, London. In 1983, when the 'mileage' was some 51,000 kilometres, he sold the car to the present owner. Thereafter the car has been serviced almost exclusively by Steve Redfearn, the prominent Wimbledaon-based marque specialist for the Type W111 Mercedes-Benz.
In 1990, needing a deposit for a house, the present owner sold the car to a Mr Haydon, who continued to have it serviced by Steve Redfearn. Mr Haydon in turn decided to sell the Mercedes in 2004, whereupon it was repurchased by the current owner. Thus the car has had three owners from new, with the current vendor having owned it for a total of 19 years. The current owner is selling now simply because he has acquired another W111, this time a V8-engined model, and has insufficient garage space for both cars.
In total, and excluding overseas invoices, over £50,000 has been spent since 1990 keeping the car in perfect condition, including having the front seats re-upholstered in original Mercedes leather by a marque specialist in 2008. The engine was rebuilt by Steve Redfearn some 10,000 kilometres ago, and virtually all servicing and maintenance invoices are available for inspection.
Restored in 2006, and without question one of the finest of its kind in the UK, this beautiful Mercedes-Benz coupe is finished in Oyster Gold with full black leather interior. Noteworthy factory options include green tinted glass, Behr air conditioning, power assisted steering, automatic transmission, metal sunroof (manual), and headrests. The provision of updated air conditioning internals is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
Accompanying documentation consists of an old style logbook, sundry restoration invoices, a V5C Registration Certificate, and MoT to March 2019.