Cruise in style with the classic Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet

Hailed as one of the Mercedes’ finest over the course of decades, the Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet is thought be a striking replacement of the W128 220SE model. As its sharp cornered design suggests, the open-top model is a rendition of the Ponton design – one of the classiest designs of the past.

Soon after its debut at the Frankfurt Auto show in 1959, the four-door sedan gained popularity as the Heckflosse within a few days. If you are wondering why this car was given the name of Fintail, the answer lies in the stylized car fins which heighten the pomposity of the car’s rear.

Being a clear aesthetic, the Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet put an end to the production of Ponton styled car series which was nothing less than a package of multiple car varieties, body styles and wheelbases. In other words, the 220SE harbingered the beginning of the unibody construction era for Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet Unique features:

If you are wondering whether the auto makers prioritized safety in the 220SE model, you must acknowledge the fact that the W111 series has a much safer design than its forerunners. From classic pair of headlamps featuring vertical headlights to a boastful rectangular grille, the front fascia of the car is designed to endure bumps and hits in an effective manner. Furthermore, you also get a wrap-around windscreen as a token of tribute for the past trends. When it comes to unique features, let us not forget the horizontally mounted taillights which are made just to heighten the appeal of the car’s front.

Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet Exterior:

On first glance, the classic 220SE Cabriolet offers a spectacular vision of the bigger front grille which is nothing less than an iteration of the grandeur Mercedes has ever planned to bring to its customers. We have got roughly ten elements associated with chrome finishing, starting from the grille and ending upon the three-pointed stars logo. Speaking of the other chrome elements, we have a smaller Mercedes badge right under the three-stars logo.

If you are someone who likes things which perfectly fit into one another, you are going to fall in love with the hood and grille design of the Cabriolet 220SE. Once you open the hood, a big sized grille perfectly covers the radiator and you will be more than satisfied to see that the hood is designed to follow the shape of the grille. If you close the hood, you will get a wide ridge forming near the fenders but thanks to the windshield which blends the ridges smoothly.

Speaking of fenders and other exterior elements, the mounted headlights support the abruptly ending fenders. Buckets of chrome are installed on the headlamps which are further positioned on top of one another. On the south of the head lamps, we have the indicator head light and another headlight is placed in between the twin headlamps. If you though that the headlight frenzy would end here, prepare yourself to be surprised by the fact that you will get two extra lights with a round appearance and orange glow on the front fascia.

Another stylish element which you are going to love in the Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet’s exterior is its thick, chrome finished bumper which is designed to an extra element of elegance on the top of the bumper.

If you are wondering about the shock absorbability of the car, the vertical over riders attached on the front have rubber shock absorbers and can quickly neutralized the slow-speed hitting impacts. To maintain an element of compulsory safety, two orange indicator headlights are mounted on the front and rear bumper each.

Some other chrome elements of the car include a tear-drop shaped wheel arches which are further complemented by pompous wheels. We also have a chrome-frame supporting the wraparound windshield. An exterior driver mirror is also present for assistance.

Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet Interior

Take a breath and prepare yourself to witness the fulfilment of all your antique car expectations as the Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet continues to impress you with its appealing interior. Back in 1962, the car had a price tag worth around $80,000 in today’s value. From buckets of exotic leather to appealing wood trimming with excellent finishing, the interior of this classic luxury car speaks a lot about its hefty price tag.

Once you sit in the car, the cloud-like sears add to your comfort while you smoothly drive the car n challenging roads. The taller side window lets you keep a solid idea of your surroundings and you can easily peek out with the wraparound windshield. Once you bring the top down, you will be baffled by the visions this car has got in store to deliver you.

Wood and leather create further elegance on the dashboard and the center panel is as long as gauge cluster in its size. Made from wood, the dashboard is inclined towards windscreen and A pillar. Seats have fine leather upholstery with a sprinkle of chrome bars here and there.

Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet Drivetrain

As far as the drive train of this car is concerned, we have a 2.2 liter M127 SOHC naturally aspirated diesel engine capable of delivering a humongous 12 Hp. The car can reach a top speed of 106 mph and speed from 0 to 62 mph in only 14 seconds.

So much for an antique masterpiece!




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