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Lot 38: 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail

The Motorclassica Auction | 2016

by Theodore Bruce

October 22, 2016

Melbourne, Australia

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  • 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail
  • 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail
  • 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail
  • 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail
  • 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail
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Description: 1961 Mercedes 220SE Fintail
VIN No. 111014-60-012503
Australian Delivered

Series production of the 4-door sedan began in August 1959, which made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in autumn. Initially the series consisted of the 220b, 220Sb, and 220SEb. These replaced the 219 W105, the 220S W180 and the 220SE W128 Ponton sedans respectively. The 220b was an entry-level version with little chrome trim, simple hubcaps, and basic interior trim that lacked pockets on doors. Prices were DM16,750, 18,500 and 20,500, with a rough sales ratio of 1:2:1.

All modes shared the 2195 cc straight-six engine carried over from the previous generation, producing 95 hp (71 kW) at 4800 rpm and capable of accelerating the heavy car to 160 km/h (155 if fitted with optional automatic gearbox). The 220Sb featured twin carburettors and produced 110 hp (82 kW) at 5000 rpm, raising top speed to 165 km/h (103 mph) (160 km/h (99 mph)) and improving 0-100 km/h acceleration to 15 seconds (16 on the 220b). The top range 220SEb featured Boschfuel injection producing 120 hp (89 kW) at 4800 rpm, with top speed of 172 km/h (107 mph) (168 km/h (104 mph) for auto) and a 0-100 km/h in 14 seconds.

In 1961, the W111 chassis and body were shared with the even more basic 4-cylinder W110 and a luxury version built on the W111 chassis with its body and the 3-litre M189 big block 6-cylinder engine, many standard power features, and a high level of interior and exterior trim, was designated the W112. A 2-door coupe/cabriolet version of the W111/W112 was also produced.

In summer 1965, the new Mercedes-Benz W108 sedan was launched and production of the first generation of W111's was ended. Totals were: 220b - 69,691, 220Sb - 161,119, and 220SEb - 65,886.

- Australia delivery.
- Total Restoration: including engine transmission, differential and suspension.
- New interior, seats and carpet.
- Restoration: timber veneer.
- 48,978 miles.

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