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1961 Mercedes-Benz (W111) 220SB
This 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220Sb is a fully-restored and impeccably-kept example of an iconic Mercedes-Benz. It is powered by a 2.2-litre straight-six-cylinder engine producing 82kW (110hp). Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. This example currently displays 47,912km on its odometer.
Emerging from the second World War, Mercedes-Benz was a reinvigorated manufacturer looking to provide comfortable, safe cars for the masses. The W111 nameplate describes a four-door luxury sedan, with the 220Sb variant being the mid-tier carburettored version. The bodywork was vastly different to what Mercedes-Benz had done through the 1950s, featuring distinctive tailfins and Italian-like styling. There were also technological advancements achieved through design, like the enhanced glasshouse which afforded better vision, and the introduction of the crumple zone which absorbed energy on impact. The W111 is a revered classic today thanks to its contemporarily opulent interior and iconic design.
Finished in Astral Silver on the outside and specified inside with period correct blue vinyl, this W111’s tidy colour combination has seen restoration in recent years. It is presented today without obvious modification and retains its original specification. Significant for the 220Sb higher model grade, chrome detailing adorns the exterior while woodgrain trim and door pockets are found inside. The car rides on a set of period colour-matched 14-inch hubcaps wrapped in Kenda tyres.
This W111 was imported to Australia from Germany in knock-down form in 1961 and assembled in Port Melbourne that same year, as was the norm for the time. The car has spent time in country Victoria before the current owner purchased it three years ago. The current owner embarked on a professional rotisserie restoration which included panel work, rebuilt engine (incl. water pump, carburettor, clutch assembly, radiator), suspension overhauled, gearbox and rear axle seals replaced, and a new interior.
It currently shows in excellent condition given the car’s age and mileage. The Astral Silver paintwork appears to be unmarked, displays no swirls, and reflects light beautifully. Exterior chromework shows in polished condition. Other trim accents display some signs of weathering and patina, including some light bubbling on the car’s front and rear chrome bumpers. Some patina and deterioration can be seen on the door rubbers. All four wheels show no sign of curb rash and the Kenda tyres are in near-new condition.
The inside shows in restored condition, with nearly every surface re-upholstered. The headliner is new, the door cards were replaced, the carpeting was resurfaced and the seats were retrimmed. The seats hold their original shape and show no signs of wear and tear, while the dash displays no marks or cracks. The woodgrain panels appear to be in good condition. The all-in-one integrated cluster operates as normal, displaying some minor patina commensurate with the car’s age.
All accompanying documentation will be supplied with this sale, including service books and manuals.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria under a club permit and is not transferable. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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