Feature Listing: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb Coupe

Last week I went on and on about a beautiful 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE and how it was quintessential classic Mercedes styling and durability. Timeless is a word that maybe comes to mind, but no car person will ever look at that the W108 and not be able to tell it was the late 1960s or early 1970s. Maybe that is a part of the aura around it. It’s a car old enough to have grand children but still water skied on weekends when the knees were feeling good. The W108 and W109 didn’t wither away, they felt every bit as good as they did forty years ago if you kept up on them. Today, I wanted to look at another car that came just before that 1970 280SE and still has that classic Mercedes feel, the W111 220SEb Coupe.

The 220SEb was the top of the range W111 Coupe that featured Bosch fuel injection as opposed to twin Solex carburetors found on the 220Sb. As you might have guessed, everything improved when fuel injection was added to the 2.2 liter M127. More horsepower, better acceleration, and the ability to gobble up miles. This 1962 220SEb up for sale in Chicago looks like it did exactly that. This W111 Coupe isn’t a pickled show car or museum piece. It was enjoyed thoroughly.

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe

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If you look at the current US automotive landscape, there’s an obvious trend towards SUVs and compact, efficient cars. Throw in your usual full-sized pickups, minivans and a handful of mid-sized sedans and that’s just about the market for you. One of my favorite segments, however, is the full-sized coupe. Maybe it’s because I’m single and don’t have much else to worry about but myself, but nothing screams “me” more than one of these cars. Dial back through the decades and one stalwart of the segment has been Mercedes-Benz.

Almost immediately post World War II, the factory began churning out large two-door models in small numbers for the discerning motorist. Fast forward to the late 1950s and a new design came along that would last into the early 1970s and represent one of the last true hand built Mercedes-Benzes. This 1963 220SE for sale in Texas is a numbers matching sunroof coupe wearing its original California black plates.


Year: 1963
Model: 220SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,370 mi
Price: $36,500 Buy It Now

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE W111 Coupe

Chassis No. 11102112030355
Engine No. 12798412000666
Transmission No. 03387

* Complete Numbers-Matching as per Mercedes-Benz DataCard
* Desirable Colors – Sunroof Coupe
* California “Black Plate” Car

The Mercedes Benz 220 SE raised the bar for middle-class luxury when it was introduced in 1959, noted for their fine finish and attention to detail. Considered to be an immediate success, the 220SE pillarless coupe was first introduced in 1961 and would come to be the last of the hand-built Mercedes models. Road & Track magazine said “one of the best-looking body designs to come from any German concern.” Exquisitely proportioned and beautifully designed. With only 13 cars produced per week, they were instantly considered classics the day they rolled off the production line, and have remained so ever since.

After years of careful stewardship, today this W11 coupe remains a very honest and original example of a Sunroof Coupe. This California “Black Plate” car wears a striking combination of medium Gray finish over original woodwork, Red leather trim and carpeting. According to the Mercedes-Benz DataCard, all numbers are matching as it left the factory some 50 years ago.

The car received its current cosmetic freshening in years past, which has mellowed nicely into plush seating and driver’s quality paint. Crazing and blemishes are apparent upon inspection, but not detract from the 220’s presentation. Likewise, the vehicle’s trim and brightwork show well, including all original factory fitted glass and M-B laminated windscreen. A sliding sunroof brightens the open air feel from the pillerless greenhouse.

The W111’s clean undercarriage reflects the same originality as the luggage compartment fitted with spare, rubber mat and jack. Both appear very solid, correct and free of structural corrosion issues. Similarly, the engine bay displays original firewall padding and correct mechanical configuration. Apart from the charming presentation and mechanical prowess of this 220SE Coupe, a number of period maps, dealer directory, manuals pouch and factory brochure accompany the vehicle.

An authentic level of presentation assured by a long California residency, invites future participation in club events or simply add a very drivable and honest Mercedes-Benz grand tourer to your collection.

Mercedes-Benz DataCard translation:

190- Paint, Graphite Grey
203- Interior Trim, Red Leather
403- Single seats and MB-Tex internal roof upholstery
421- Mechanical and hydraulic sliding roof
423- Mercedes-Benz power steering and automatic transmission with steering column shift
491- U.S. Version
503- Outsider rearview mirror, on the left
515- Becker radio
641- White-wall tires
288- Heater housing with heat exchanger with increased heating capacity
317-50 liters of fuel
Wheel- 5JK.13B
Tire- 7,25 c 13 Dunlop

Priced at: $36,500.00
Offers welcomed

For more information, please contact: sales@driversorce.com

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This coupe just exudes class. If you aren’t in a hurry, it’s worth tracking down a good six-cylinder W111 Coupe, as the later 3.5 Coupes are entering the stratosphere when it comes to price. The gray over red leather is a perfect, sublime compliment to the classic lines on this coupe.


1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe


Classic Mercedes are the evergreen standby of German motoring; they combine a level of style and sophistication that few other car makers were able to achieve. I find this especially true of the 1960s and early 1970s models; when you compare them to the cars coming out of the United States, Great Britain and Japan, they just seem to be in a class of themselves. One of the prettiest designs Mercedes was able to perfect was the pillar-less coupe. They were able to successfully marry some boxes and some curves to create a truly timeless design that carried over to the 1980s SECs. A few weeks back I wrote up a 220SE that was in need of total restoration; today we get to see what it would look like if it was done:


Year: 1963
Model: 220SE
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 10,795 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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We have decided to offer our exceptional and absolutely pristine 1963 Mercedes 220SE for sale that we have owned for close to 20 years. Pictures should speak for themselves however the car shows better in real life and drives and performs admirably and as expected. We at Performance Vintage are a California licensed and bonded specialty car dealer and this vintage Mercedes is available for local inspections at our indoor show room.

In line with normal ebay practices please note that all inspections are to be made prior to auction close ! winning the car does not entitle you to come and inspect her to see she is really what you want ! That should be done before you bid ! Prior to auction close multiple inspections by the same person are no problem, you can come back as many times as you like, bring friends, cousins, mechanics, brothers, sisters, neighbor or spouses all welcome ! Please note that due to her age there is no warranty offered, available, stated or implied. The Mileage stated is as displayed and due to the her age and the hand me down nature of history cannot be warranted. And of course since we at Performance Vintage International are licensed California Classic and exotic car dealers, California buyers only will be charged sales tax and state mandated transfer and smog fees (normally less than $100 for transfer fees and sales tax based new owner’s county rate). All out of state and international buyers will not be charged any sales tax or fees and are responsible for their own state fees and taxes as appropriate.

Also please realize that bidders with less than 20 feed backs MUST contact us prior to bidding or their bids will be cancelled. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on : 949-302-1773 and thank you for your visit, Karl,

There are prettier Mercedes, but there aren’t many affordable prettier Mercedes in my opinion. This is one of the best deals going in classic Mercedes ownership; most of the style of some of the hundred to multi-hundred thousand dollar Benz models in a useable package that won’t break the bank. I love the black on red combination, it just adds to the presence of this coupe. I also love that it’s a manual, and the pictures do testify to the condition of the car. This one looks to be the most pristine example I’ve seen in a while outside of the Mercedes-Benz museum, and consequently it’s driving strong bidding; whereas most of these coupes hover in the mid-$20,000 range when properly sorted, this car is already there with several days to go on the auction. This car may just reach Hagerty’s best value on the model at around $40,000; it certainly looks well worth it!