1963 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 220SE Cabriolet For Sale

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220SE Cabriolet
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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2 Door Cabriolet
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Description 1963 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 220SE Cabriolet

Offered for sale is a beautiful, entirely solid, numbers matching 1963
Mercedes 220SE Cabriolet finished in White over a Red interior with the
extremely rare and desirable rear bucket seat option. Owned for decades by a
retired University of California, San Francisco professor who lived in Santa
Cruz, the car was purchased roughly five years ago by its current
owner, a designer and businessman with homes in Beverly Hills, Palm Spring and
Montecito. Throughout its 51 years of service and three owners, the car was
always well looked after and enjoyed, resulting in the beautiful, largely
original weekend driver offered here today.
Undeniably opulent but also perpetually tasteful with its wonderfully
engineered mechanicals and swooping, graceful lines, the W111 represented the
finest big cabriolet on the road in its day, both in terms of build quality and
design. And in essence, that hasn’t changed. In terms of 4-seater cabriolets,
not one other car comes to mind as having surpassed the W111 Cab in elegance
and reliability. I suppose the argument could be made that the Rolls Royce
Corniche (1971-1996) proved to be a worthy competitor, but in our humble
opinion that car’s ostentatiousness and miserable cost of ownership
considerably diminish its appeal. We feel the W111 is at the top of its class, and
consequently demand for the model has always remained high and virtually guaranteed
The car's exterior is gorgeous, its white finish retaining tons of depth
and luster, marred only by the most minimal of imperfections, none of which
appear in any of the pictures. All of the glass and chrome is is good original
condition, however both the front and rear bumpers do have a number of soft
dings in them. The car's tan canvas soft top shows virtually no signs of wear,
the red boot cover is new and the wheels (with matching hubcaps) are wrapped in
tires with plenty of remaining tread. The car's interior is equally as clean,
its rare bucket seats free of any noticeable wear and the interior panels showing
only the mildest amount of appropriate patina. The carpets are in great shape,
as the interior panels, and the dash wood has been refinished.
Mechanically the car is representative of Mercedes' legendary reputation
for longevity and thorough engineering. The matching numbers engine starts
easily, idles smoothly and pulls cleanly and strongly through each of the
gears. The car shifts easily, brakes smoothly and feels solid on the road, none
of which should come as any surprise as it has always been meticulously
maintained. Always garaged and driven in California, the car’s undercarriage
and trunk are both entirely solid and free of any meaningful corrosion.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a beautifully presented,
mechanically sound, numbers matching W111 “Heckflosse” (fin tail) Cabriolet
with the extremely rare and desirable rear bucket seat option. Finished in
timeless colors and having a well-cared-for California provenance, we see this
as a wonderful weekend driver quality car that can be enjoyed as it continues
to appreciate. If you’re in the market for a fairly priced, solid and beautiful
W111 Cabriolet, this car certainly deserves your serious consideration.
We want this car to go to great home and would be happy to
further discuss it and answer any questions, so please feel free to email us or
call us at 805-202-4557. You can also visit us online at
Goodman Reed Motorcars
We’ve always had an appreciation for classic European cars
and over the years have created an eclectic personal collection, which has
afforded us the opportunity of meeting many other interesting enthusiasts, including
the owner of this Mercedes. As such, this is a consignment car and can be seen
by appointment at our warehouse in Santa Barbara. We try to give accurate
descriptions of the cars we’re selling, but we’re enthusiasts, not experts, and
we encourage and are happy to help facilitate personal or professional
inspections. But please do so before bidding, as the alternative harms our
ability to make sales to other interested parties who have done their proper
due diligence before bidding.
U.S. buyers a 10% non-refundable deposit is required within 3 days of the
auction’s end, the balance to be paid within 7 days of the auction’s end.
Foreign buyers must pay in full within 7 business days of the auction’s end.
Buyer is responsible for shipping, however we’d be more that happy to help with
recommendations and arrangements. The car is listed locally and we reserve the
right to end the auction at any time should it sell prior to auction’s end.
Thanks for your interest.

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