Coming off the successful run of the limited edition Ponton series, Mercedes Benz would present the 200SEb to the public in 1961 to instant success. The last of the luxurious and elegant hand-built Mercedes, the 1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet and Coupe models would be meticulously crafted at a rate of just 13 cars per week. Road and Track Magazine touted the 220SEb as one of the best looking body designs to come from any German concern, and the car would become an instant classic from the day it rolled off the factory floor in all its glory. While many collectors argue that the more desired models are the later ones that featured a larger engine such as the Mercedes 300SE, many others believe the 220SEb is one of the most stylish and elegant classics that can still be driven and maintained with no fuss. Well let you decide.
If it’s a 1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet model that you’re after, you have your work cut out for you as only 2,729 of the Cabriolets were produced between 1961 and 1965. The pool of quality models is also narrowed down by the amount of 220SEb models that succumbed to serious rust damage and would be nearly impossible and wildly expensive to restore. For this reason, it is not uncommon to see an excellent restoration or pristine original 220SEb Cabriolet command a price tag well into the six-figure range. In addition to rust damage, it is important that you find a 1961 220SEb Cabriolet with most if not all of its chrome trim intact. These pieces are hard to find. While the Cabriolet models are the most in demand, they are often a bit rougher than the Coupes due to sun and water damage of the years. Be sure to inspect any potential purchase thoroughly to understand what you’re getting into. The 220 through 280 Coupes and Cabriolets engines are based on the Sedan models, therefore, mechanical parts will be relatively easy to find. Try to focus on the condition of the body the most.
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