Added to the popular Fintail lineup in 1961 to run alongside its Sedan counterpart, the 1962 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet would increase market coverage in the North American market. During an era where American auto manufacturers were producing exaggeratedly finned, long-bodied Cadillac and Ford models, Mercedes Benz would make its mark in the market with these beautiful Cabriolet and Coupe models, finned beautifully with a graceful yet modern curvature. In total, from 1961 to 1965, only 2,729 units of the Cabriolets would be produced. When you compare this to the 14,173 Coupe models made during the same period, it is easy to understand why the 220SEb Cabriolets are so desirable – both then and now. If you’re thinking about buying a 1962 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet, you’ve come to the right place for Buyer’s Tips and information on the model.
Another main draw to the 1962 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet as a practical collector car, one that can be used for everyday driving, is the fact that for the first time Mercedes introduced front and rear crumple zones. These zones were designed to act like buffers in the event of an accident and collapsed to reduce the risk of car parts entering into the cabin and injuring passengers. Other advancements that are today standard included retractable seatbelts and an air-suspension system.
When buying a 1962 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet, always do a thorough inspection for rust and be sure to verify engine and chassis numbers to ensure you are purchasing an original Cabriolet. Because of the high demand for Cabriolet models many Coupes have been converted (especially those released later with the 3.5L engine); avoid being taken advantage of by checking these numbers against Mercedes records. Some of the mechanical issues you should take into consideration are serious oil leaks, valve guides, transmission weakness, worn steering damper, and ageing brake and water hoses. However, most of these items can be repaired relatively easily.
To learn more Buyer’s Tips like these or to explore The Beverly Hills Car Club’s current inventory of 1962 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet models, please do not hesitate to connect with their California classic car dealership today. They look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you find the classic you desire. Connect today!
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