Lot 968-1963 Mercedes Benz 220 SEb


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1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb

In August 1959, Mercedes announced a thoroughly revised passenger car range. Under the slogan: “The new six-cylinders – in a class of their own”.

 

Exceptionally spacious and elegantly styled body, the most distinctive feature of which were its tailfins – a concession to the American influence on contemporary tastes. This characteristic design element would later give rise to the name by which the entire model generation came to be known – today the generic term “fintail” is applied to all these models (220 b, 220 Sb and 220 SEB of the W 111 series). The new model series set new standards in terms of passive safety, for these were the first production cars to feature the Barényi-patented rigid passenger cell with front and rear crumple zones. Safety was also given top priority in the design of the interior. The new models had a padded instrument panel, for example, with yielding and in part recessed controls, as well as a steering wheel with padded boss. Also worthy of note was the first use in this form of safety door locks, likewise major contributors to safety in the case of accident.

 

Offered is a one owner from new, 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb. Absolutely spectacular car throughout. 2,195 cc (2.2 L) Direct Injection Straight 6 with a 4-speed manual transmission. Resplendent interior just completely retrimmed in factory leather by Pebble Beach upholsterer John Parkhurst (at a cost of $20,000). One of the nicest examples of an original car available anywhere at any price today. Car is originally from Southern California.