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.

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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.

-Paul

Heap of the Week (Part I): 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe

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We’ve featured some neat and rare cars in the “Heap of the Week” feature, and here’s another seldom seen model that is in need of your love. When I look for these cars, I often feel like looking through the ads should be accompanied by soft Sarah McLachlin “Arms of the Angel” playing in the background. There are plenty of hard luck cases that it would just be great to save. For example, this week there was a neat Karmann Ghia coupe and there always seem to be plenty of rusty buses available. There also always seem to be a glut of older Mercedes-Benz models that someone thought they would restore and never completed. Such is the case with today’s rare 220 SE Coupe. 1965 was the last year of the 220 SE as they shifted towards larger engines in the W111. Correctly done, they’re very pretty and stately Coupes, with a pillar-less design that seems elegant compared to later models. Today’s example is in need of a hefty amount of work, but is available for a low purchase price:

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Year: 1965
Model: 220 SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $4,500 Buy It Now

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VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT YEARS AGO BUT WAS NOT COMPLETED.

PARTS CAR OR PROJECT. NO CALIFORNIA TITLE. IMPORTED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 CUSTOMS DUTY PAID BUT NO TITLE WAS EVER ISSUED. CAR IS LEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES BUT NOT REGISTERED OR TITLE ISSUED.

1965 220SEB, ORIGINALLY PURCHASED FROM GERMANY IN 1983 AND SENT TO LOS ANGELES, WHERE IT HAS BEEN SINCE. ENGINE WAS RUNNING AROUND 5 YEARS AGO AND HAS NOT BEEN STARTED AFTER. ALL PARTS PICTURED ARE INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE. CAR IS SOLD AS IS, AS A PARTS CAR OR PROJECT CAR. CAR COMES WITH GERMAN TITLE, NOT CALIFORNIA TITLE. REGISTRATION IS NOT CURRENT. IF BUYER WISHES TO REGISTER CAR, BUYER WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO COMPLETE. OTHERWISE KEEP AS A PARTS CAR. THERE IS SOME RUST, BODY NEEDS WORK. THE CAR IS LOCATED IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE CALIFORNIA AROUND 40 MINUTES NORTH OF LOS ANGELES. I WILL ASSIST IN SHIPPING VEHICLE BUT ALL ARRRANGEMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE BY BUYER. PICK UP IS RECOMMENDED BUT IF YOU ARE IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY CAR CAN BE SHIPPED. NO GUARANTEES, NO WARRANTIES, CAR IS SOLD AS IS. DEPOSIT OF $500.00 USD IS REQUIRED WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER WINNING BID IS MADE BY PAYPAL. REMAINDER OF BALANCE IS TO BE PAID WITHIN 48 HOURS OR AT PICK UP IF ARRANGED. PLEASE BE SURE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE PRIOR TO BIDDING.

INCLUDED ONE SET OF DOORS NO EXTRA DOORS OR BODY PARTS. I WILL CONSIDER OFFERS BUT NOT REDICULOU$ ONES. THESE PARTS ARE BECOMING MORE RARE EVERY DAY.

I MOSTLY SELL MERCEDES PARTS AND ACCESSORIES. OFTEN I HAVE A FRIEND ASK ME TO SELL SOMETHING FOR THEM. I TAKE AS MUCH PRIDE IN MY NON-MERCEDES ITEMS. I MAKE SURE ALL MY ITEMS MEET HIGH STANDARDS. PLEASE KNOW IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT MY SPECIALTY, I HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RECEIVING A GOOD PRODUCT FOR A FAIR PRICE. WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MERCEDES BUSINESS FOR OVER 50 YEARS. WE HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF PARTS AND GOOD SOURCES FOR THEM. PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU NEED A PART YOU DO NOT SEE LISTED.

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While this model has been taken apart for restoration that restoration never happened. Fortunately, the pictures seem to document that most of the trim pieces remain intact, though it appears this car will need a healthy dose of time and energy to get it back to working order. When and if that occurred, it could look something like this:

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There are several problems, though – in addition to the headache of restoring this car, there’s the headache of sorting out the correct paperwork, as it retains a German title. I’d imagine that could be creatively overcome given the age of the car, but it will take some legwork. Second is the much larger problem; value. These cars, even in very good condition, seem to be on the lower end of the classic Mercedes-Benz market – it’s not uncommon to see clean examples trading below $20,000, and Hagerty lists the average value for the 220 Coupe right around $18,000. So, that leaves you a budget of less than $15,000 to make this car a viable option. Let me be first to say “No way”. Unless you own the body shop, are a handy backyard mechanic and have some favors owed to you by an upholsterer, there’s just no way you can get it done and have the car be under the value of a decent one. That’s a shame because it’s a cool, rare car that doesn’t deserve to die (cue the Sarah McLachlin) and it would be great to see it restored. If it were a cabriolet, it would be a no-brainer. But unfortunately, even if this one was free, I’m still not certain it would be worth the time and effort to restore to original condition.

-Carter

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe

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Many enthusiasts still lament the passing of the Mercedes-Benzes from the 1980s and 1990s, as these cars are put on a pedestal as a monument to the last vehicles from this company engineered to a point, not a price. Mercedes has made strides to recapture the magic of their old tagline “engineered like no other car in the world,” but it will never quite be the same. As they say, time marches on. If you ask me, however, Mercedes reached their watershed moment with this very car, the 280SE 3.5.

Available in either coupe or cabriolet form, these were truly the last hand-built Mercedes to leave the factory. Copious amounts of leather and wood line the cabin, while fit and finish, right down to the elegant, upright grille is exemplary. Old world craftsmanship allowed these cars to stand apart from the competition, but underneath they sported a new heart: the M116 3.5 liter V8. Available with either a 4-speed automatic or 4-speed manual, this fuel injected engine gave this car modern day performance that belied its classic looks. In the last few years, values have been strong for this model, particularly the cabriolet version. This coupe for sale in Southern California had a repaint about ten years ago and its chrome tended to at the same time. This example looks positively stunning in navy blue over parchment.

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Year: 1971
Model: 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Engine: 3.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,442 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe with all of the desirable options: sunroof, floor-shift transmission, air conditioning and power windows. Finished in Navy Blue over Parchment leather with Navy carpeting, it’s hard to imagine a more tasteful example of Mercedes’ “Heckflosse” (fin-tail) coupe, the color combination complimenting the enduringly elegant, yet masculine design perfectly. Always a Southern California car, this example has been lovingly maintained and cared for, most recently in a sizable collection in San Diego. Roughly ten years ago the prior owner commissioned a high quality repaint and had everything re-chromed and consequently the car is truly nice as it appears in the photographs.

The paint is excellent, a rich and lustrous finish that shows only the most insignificant of imperfections. All of the car’s chrome is fantastic, as is the rubber and all of the original glass. Panel fits and gaps are excellent and the car shows no evidence of any accidents. Always garaged and cared for, the car’s undercarriage and body are both rust-free. The car’s original wheels with color-matched hubs are wrapped in brand new white wall tires.

The car’s Parchment leather interior is in great original condition and it perfectly offsets the Navy exterior. The seats show minimal and only typical wear, the carpets are in excellent condition and the headliner shows hardly any wear at all. The wood dash inserts are free of cracking or splitting and the dash houses fully functional gauges. The sunroof, power windows, heat, air conditioning original Becker radio work as they should.

Mechanically the car is in excellent condition, starting easily, idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the gears. It drives and brakes straight and requires nothing but a new owner. Whether tooling through town or cruising down the highway, the car is an absolute joy to drive – modern enough to be comfortably enjoyed but also visceral enough to provide that great vintage drive quality. Whether its next owner will be a weekend enthusiast or whether the car will be a worthy and appreciating addition to any serious collection, this 3.5 Coupe is undoubtedly going to provide another 42 years of “pride of ownership” for its next owner.

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 GoodmanReed.

We’ve always had an appreciation for classic European cars and over the years have created an eclectic personal collection. We only buy cars that we’d personally be interested in owning and generally only sell them to make room for other acquisitions. That time has come for this Mercedes (if the price is right, of course – this isn’t a fire sale). 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.

For 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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This is one of those coupes that brings to mind the term “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Fitting, then, that automotive journalists of the day exalted this car’s future classic status when it was new, as it would be succeeded in the Mercedes lineup by the smaller, sportier R107 based SLC coupe. Prices for the 3.5 Cabriolet have hit the stratosphere, bringing upwards of $200,000 at auction in some cases for the very best vehicles. The coupes can be had for less money, but they still command a presence on the collector car scene. A very well fettled car like this should bring somewhere between $50,000 and $65,000. Cars that are a little more rough around the edges but in good driving condition can be had for a little less, usually around the $35,000 to $45,000 mark.

-Paul

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe

In comparison to what BMW was doing at the time when it came to personal luxury, Mercedes-Benz had a different idea for the early 1970s. The W111 was no stranger to the motoring scene, but at the close of the 1960s, Mercedes went ahead and equipped the mainstay 280SE coupes and cabriolets with the new M116 3.5 liter V8. This engine equipped the car with 200 horsepower, a 130 mph top speed and the capability to run to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds. Only 3,270 of these coupes were built. Most were equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission but a few emerged from the factory with a 4-speed manual. This 280SE 3.5 for sale in Pennsylvania had a respray from white to black along the line somewhere and is edging close to 100,000 original miles.

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe on Jameslist

“If you feel obligated to ask about the price you not only will never understand the car, you have branded yourself incapable of ever appreciating its virtues even if someone gave you one.” Car & Driver Magazine 1970.

The bluntness of opinion on behalf of Car and Driver is no surprise to anyone who has ever had the pleasure of owning or even driving one of Mercedes’ all time greats. As the last of the hand built cars rolled off the line in July of 1971, it was evident that there was a huge leap forward during these last few golden years. That the 280SE 3.5 cars were the future for Mercedes-Benz, and the rest of the auto industry, in many ways. Even in its day nothing compared to the quality, performance, and of course price. The 280SE 3.5 today, in both Coupe and Convertible format offers exceptional value for money and a superb experience to which no other car of the period can compare.

The example on offer here Chassis # 111 026 12 001714 was produced in June of 1970. It was delivered new with the following options as per a copy of the original Data Card as supplied by Mercedes-Benz Heritage:

chassis number: 111 026 12 001714
engine number: 116 980 12 001328
transmission number: 000536
key code: HZ 0019
exterior color code: 050 – white
interior color code: 241 – black leather
option codes:
401 single seats
410 sliding roof
420 automatic transmission, floor-shift
461 instruments in English
491 USA version
503 outside side view mirror, left
513 Becker radio
524 paint coat preservation
531 automatic antenna
570 folding armrest
586 air conditioner / electric windows
598 heat insulated glass / heated rear pane
641 white wall tires
669 mode of packing VE I

While we have notated a color change from the original “050-White”, to the more desirable and complimenting current Black. We can also make it known that the job was completed extremely well, and according to the most recent owner, completed long before 1991 and probably when new or close there to. Otherwise the car shows to match the above options without fault. The 3.5 Mercedes tend to have a survival rate unlike many of the other W111 variants for the sole reason that they were so expensive when new. As such, but not always the case, many cars were purchased new by connoisseurs and “high-society” types alike. As a result they were often dealer maintained and kept within the same family. They often received much care over the years, and hardly ever became “used cars” languishing in dealer lots. From this we have noticed that when long term, low-numbered-owned examples become available they often exemplify this theory, as almost always do they show to be well cared for when in original condition.

The example on offer here is a delightful representation of a one-repaint, estimated two owner example that has been extremely well cared for. It embodies the exact patina so often desired by those seeking a car with a true original interior. In comparison, the rest of the car shows to be of the same quality throughout and mechanically well cared for all these years as well. Unfortunately our history for this example leaves us on paper around 1991; when the estimated 2nd collector owner acquired this 3.5 in 1991 with just over 78,000 original miles showing on the clock. Carefully stored, enjoyed sparingly, and serviced by the same technician until late 2012, this 3.5 now shows only 97,424 miles, for a total of approximately 19,424 miles in nearly 20 years.

Our current ownership of this fabulous example has given us the privilege, as with many cars, an enthusiast’s point of view in our testing and enjoying it to accurately communicate all of its attributes, both positive and negative.

Cosmetically the car shows overall as a very original, but one re-paint example. Taken into consideration the age of the repaint, it does show well overall, is deep, smooth, and consistent. There is however one or two minor blemishes in the way of a chip and a small dent or two. Nothing that warrants refinishing or immediate attention, but to be critical, minor blemishes such as these are present. The view down the side shows completely straight factory metal without any sign of previous body work or accidents. The doors fit perfectly with good gaps and an easy shut. The same is true for the trunk lid and the hood as well as all of the panel fitment, superb, and the way it came from the factory. The chrome overall shows well for a driver, and must be put in this category only because of the age of the original chrome present on the car. It does show some light signs of age, but again, nothing that would require any attention. All of the rubber components on the car are in excellent condition. New window seals, door seals etc… can be found throughout and are without flaws. The glass is all original apart from the windscreen which appears to be newer but correctly installed, all of which are in excellent condition. The tires show to be newer, and the rockers are clean with all rubber accent trim (unique to the 3.5) in good condition as well.

The interior is the most impressive part of this car, showing as a true original in almost every way. The only item we have taken note to not being original is that of the driver side floor mat, which is a custom replacement, close, but not perfect. Otherwise a thorough inspection can reveal that since at least 1991 all of the seats were covered with sheepskin covers. Only until recently were they removed to reveal excellent original seats, both front and rear. The driver’s side shows hardly any wear on the bolster and the rear seats are nearly new, all very well preserved with outstanding patina. The center console, carpeting and surrounding trim are all nearly flawless, and are in impressive condition. The dash fascia shows every bit to be original wood, chrome, gauges, and Becker Radio. All of which is in perfect working order, as is all of the instrumentation, lighting, and accessories throughout. The switches for the optional sunroof, A/C, and power windows all work as expected. Even the radio antenna protrudes when the radio is switched on. The headliner is excellent, but upon close inspection there are a few minor stains that can be noted towards the rear. The top of the dash has no blemishes, is clearly original and in excellent condition as is the matching original wood trim surround. The steering wheel does show two very small cracks at the thick part where the brim is connected to the center. Very typical for Mercedes of this era, but not something that would need attention for years to come. The door jams are very clean, and the doors show nice original chrome.

The trunk and engine bay are always key investigative points in determining how Mercedes-Benz’s of this era were kept. The trunk shows very well, clean under the matt with no rust issues currently present, nor do we believe there to ever have been as evident by the original sound deadening material etc… The engine bay is very presentable, not show quality, but something any owner could be proud of when showing off the 200hp 3.5 V8. It is in the engine bay that we can understand the high level of detail when the color change was completed, there is but one small chip, showing that the car used to be white. Otherwise, no indication, and very well completed. Otherwise, many items are very original, still date coded and overall the engine bay is very original. We can see original wires off of the distributor cap, original A/C lines etc… While the car has clearly been kept up over the years as evident by its superb running condition and thorough inspection; we unfortunately do not have the paper records to back this up. We are however currently researching this and do expect to have something shortly.

The underside of this example as with any W111 or Pagoda car from this era is always where the first blemish or indication of its prior life will be given away. We unfortunately have noted one small section in the left front wheel well, outer sub-structure of the chassis member that has suffered the unfortunate demise of typical 1960’s Mercedes rust proofing (or lack thereof). Even great examples such as this, well cared for years on end can suffer from what can be considered a “typical” rust issue on these cars. As such we have highlighted it to the best of our ability, and have concluded that any experienced restoration facility could remedy this issue with little effort. Otherwise the floors are straight and solid, the inner fenders are thin and sharp as they should be and there is no indication of any filler usage anywhere on the car at all. It can be said that despite its small issue, this is indeed an excellent rust free, and solid example.

Any present issues tend to fade away upon putting this example to work. It starts easily, revs freely making good power, and pulls away without fault. The transmission shifts very well (smoothly), and the brakes are free of any pulling or softness. The steering is tight and the car handles nothing short of impressive, especially considering the size. It can be considered then that this is a true driver, well preserved, and scrupulously kept. It is an example that offers many great things for its new custodian.

Absolutely the last of the collectible Mercedes, the 3.5 is one of the greats and a must have for any connoisseur or collector looking for a fine example that won’t disappoint. Complete with all tools in their original pouch, jack, spare, wheel chock, owner’s manual, Becker warranty & owner’s manual in original plastic, and a log of the most recent owners enjoyment/per mile. Please inquire with any interest.

The interior of this car is really stunning, with a patina that gives it the aura of an old drawing room. Having spent time inside a number of W111s, every time I step in one it’s like putting on a pair of old, comfortable jeans. There’s a familiarity and comfort about these cars for me, which is probably why I’ve always wanted one. With the wide grill, liberal use of chrome and size of this two door, the 280SE 3.5 strikes an imposing pose on the road. It’s no secret that values for the 280SE 3.5 are strong. Not surprisingly, the coupes tend to bring less than the more rare cabriolet. Coupes in similar condition to this particular car are bringing in between $40,000 and $60,000 these days.

The following is a short piece from Deutsche Welle TV highlighting a 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet in action, with some period footage from Mercedes-Benz:

-Paul

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S

While they might have classic looks, the Mercedes-Benz W111 is one of those classics that you could conceivably use everyday. In the early 1970s, my father bought a 230S similar to this car for sale in California. Finished in black, it was an imposing sedan and one which stood out amongst the sea of domestic iron that roamed the streets of Philadelphia. These classic Benzes are more affordable than one would suspect and a great choice for someone looking for a car they can both show off at car shows on the weekend but use as intended during the week.

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S on eBay

Beautiful 1966 Mercedes Benz 230S. Finished in Mercedes Blue with Creme Beige Interior. 81,000 original miles. 3 Speed manual transmission. Runs and drives excellent. Recent service which includes Solex carbs rebuilt. Chrome is in excellent condition. This is a turnkey Mercedes and can be driven daily. In dash CD player. Tires have 70% tread life remaining. Perfect for any collector or enthusiast. Buy it now or make an offer. We are a licensed and bonded dealer in Southern California and all California residents will pay state Ssles Tax, license fees and a $75.00 Documentation Fee. We welcome all European and Canadian buyers. We ship worldwide and can assist with low cost shipping anywhere in the U.S. Thanks for looking.

The seller erred in stating that this car had a 3-speed manual. The 230S was available with either a 4-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. This seems to be a solid runner, with decent cosmetics and just the right amount of patina in the right places. While the color isn’t my favorite and I’m not a fan of the aftermarket console under the dash, this is one of the better examples of a 230S that I’ve seen recently. Top notch examples will sometimes top $10,000 by just a little bit. The asking price for this car isn’t way out of line, but I’d probably target a price of somewhere closer to $7,500 to $8,000.

-Paul

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220Sb

The W111 was the car that started my fascination with Mercedes-Benz. Shortly before I was born, my father owned a 1967 230S with a 4 speed manual on the floor. He waxed poetically about this black fintail sedan and after a childhood filled with Hondas and Volkswagens, I was determined to move up the automotive food chain in my adult life.

A decade of Mercedes-Benz ownership came to a close last year for me, but I know that someday, I’ll have another one. More than likely, I’ll be seeking out a classic one that I could drive on a semi-regular basis, which is more realistic than it sounds. A colleague of my father’s bought a 1968 280SE brand new and used it for over 30 years as his daily driver. This 200Sb for sale in The Netherlands is a collector quality W111 with a column shift four-speed manual transmission that looks sharp in this shade of gray.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220Sb on JamesList

Mercedes Benz 220 in the wonderfully beautiful tail fin configuration. Fully restored and revised in every detail. More information: Transmission: 4-speed manual

Fintails, with exception of the rare 300SE flagship, are some of the most affordable Mercedes-Benzes from the period. Typically, those in good original condition or ones that are restored will bring anywhere between $13,000 to $20,000. Average runners usually exchange hands for $10,000 and under. This car is no doubt one of the nicer examples I’ve seen and it’s appealing to me because of the manual transmission. The asking price of over $28,000 is very strong money for one of these, especially for anyone that may contemplate bringing it stateside.

-Paul

1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe

While many consider the 300SL as the car that signaled to the world that Mercedes-Benz had returned from the brink in the aftermath of war, it was the W111 coupes and sedans that brought them success throughout the 1960s and carried them on to a prosperous future. After massive devastation to their factories during World War II, it was almost unthinkable that this company could rebound. However, a scant 14 years after the war had ended, the W111, with its advanced front and rear crumple zones, retractable seat belts and, on the top models, fuel injection, debuted. While the first sedans worse rather trendy tail fins, the coupe had more modest rear flanks and the stately, pillarless roof that we’ve come to love from Mercedes-Benz two doors. This 250SE for sale in Florida has undergone a recent renovation and is in need of a few minor touches to draw this classy coupe to completion.

1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe on eBay

Just finished a partial restoration of this nice car. Done: New paint (Feb 2012) $6,770.00. New interior (March 2012) $7,490.00. Wood work repair and varnish $800.00. Engine Serviced (good compression), including tune up, differential, $4,446.12. Belts, hoses, etc. New tires/shocks (front and rear) $1,200.94. Transmission rebuilt $3,600.00. Total: $24,308.00

Questions you may have:

a) Why all this money?… I intended to keep the car and do it right. Still a possibility.

b) Why are you selling?.. My new business is taking me overseas every other month. No time.

c) Is there anything else to do with the car?.. Very minor, mostly details. Part of the hobby. Among them, I would rechrome a couple of pieces of the back bumper. Not an expensive job.

d) Does it run and shift OK?.. Yes, the car is smooth, the a/c works great, it has no rattles.

e) Any rust?.. None now. There was some where the spare tire is storaged, that was carved out and new metal installed, both side were done. That’s a typical area for rusting.

f) Is the mileage correct?.. I don’t know. Have no records from the past. The compression is good and my MB mechanic thinks it is the best of the four older Mercedes I own. NO DRIPS, NO SMOKE.

The fact that this car has little in the way of records detailing its history is disconcerting, but if a Mercedes mechanic can vouch for the car as is said in the ad, it will help to reassure potential buyers. That said, a lot of money has been spent in bringing this car up to a decent standard. These are not cheap cars to restore and the fact that a lot of work has been done already makes this an attractive buy. While this car is not a concours example, it’s a very presentable runner that needs some minor details ironed out. The asking price is just about on the mark, given what has been invested in it and what these can go for fully sorted.

-Paul

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB Coupe 4-speed manual

Mercedes-Benz coupes have always been the choice for those who want a little bit of flair, but on the restrained side. While appearing similar to their sedan counterparts, each successive generation has seen a the delicate, pillarless roof design evolve gradually. My favorite Mercedes-Benz two door has to be where some consider the modern Mercedes era to begin: the W111. These were magnificent touring coupes with a lot of their assembly being done by hand. Even today, these cars can comfortably cruise the highway and give little up in terms of safety and performance to modern vehicles.

Here is an early example of a W111 coupe for sale in Tennessee.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB Coupe 4-speed manual on eBay

Longtime owner, rare 4 speed manual sunroof example. This is a beautiful rare example of a 220SEB coupe with a four speed transmission and sunroof. There is not a person that walks into the showroom that does not comment on how beautiful this car is. I just had new shocks installed on the car as well as shift bushings,full service tune up with plugs, wires, distributor, brakes and brake master cylinder, the car has a great run and drive, very solid. The chrome is good (back bumper has light damage), the rubber seals are good, the glass is good, leather is good, headliner is good, wood is good, clutch and transmission as well as brakes are good.

For me, this car has it all. The color combination is striking, as the black roof contrasts with the white body and black hubcaps in classic fashion. The European market headlamps, sunroof and manual transmission are always welcome features. There’s no telling whether this car was restored at one point, but I’d wager to guess it could be original, with some freshening up here and there throughout its history. Either way, it looks well cared for with some normal wear you would expect. If that’s the case, $22,000 is a good amount of classic Mercedes, given what we’ve seen the later 3.5 W111 coupes and convertibles sell for these days.

-Paul

1965 Mercedes-Benz 220Sb

Mercedes-Benz was never one to give into styling fads until the last decade or so. However, the craze for tailfins in the 1950s led the styling team of the Stuttgart firm to introduce the fintail, or Heckflosse in German. These sedans were a restrained, German interpretation of a popular styling element that would last well past the tail fin craze left the US. The last Heckflosse left the factory in January 1968. Here is a clean, dual carburetor 220Sb outside of Washington, D.C. for sale.

The seller states:

1965 Mercedes Benz 220SB, 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission. Always garaged, second owner. Original paint, great condition, compression is good, new stock transmission, all new brake lines, Original miles. Have maintenance records dating back 10 years, original books and man

While at the Mercedes-Benz Club June Jamboree in 2006, I remember running into a non-fintail 250S sedan in a similar gray on red color combination. I simply love the contrast of these period correct hues.

Incidentally, a few years before I came along, my father drove a 1967 230S, which was the final evolution of the Heckflosse, with a revised 2.3 liter, twin carb M108 six cylinder. It was black over parchment, with a 4 speed manual on the floor. We still have plenty of pictures of this car, one of which I sent to Mercedes-Benz for use in their ad campaign a few years ago “No One Ever Poses With Their Toaster.” You can see my father and his friends similar ’67 230S in white at 0:30 in the following video:

-Paul