1961 Mercedes 220SE
Mercedes-Benz Cars is the world's oldest German brand name of motor vehicles. Mercedes-Benz Cars automobiles have introduced — both in the past and present — the majority of technological and safety features common in modern vehicles. Established in 1871, Benz & Cie was the most important of several companies founded by Karl Benz. The Benz patent motor wagon was ahead of its times; by 1886, Benz had the first four-stroke engine.Benz is credited as the inventor of the first "true" automobile since Daimler's vehicle was a horse carriage adapted with an engine, whereas the 1886 Benz automobile had a chassis designed from scratch.
Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft-(DMG) was founded by Gottlieb Daimler and his partner Wilhelm Maybach in 1890. Daimler died in 1900 and Maybach left DMG in 1907. By then, Benz & Cie. and DMG were rivals. In 1924, owing to economic necessity after WWI, they entered into an "Agreement of Mutual Interest" valid until the year 2000. This initial agreement still allowed each company to manufacture and sell their products under their original brand names. After the official merger in June 28, 1926, the firm became known as Daimler-Benz.
The hyphenated brand name Mercedes-Benz was established after that merger. The brand name Daimler had been licensed for use on other automobiles in France and the United Kingdom, and was therefore not available to Daimler-Benz. Instead, the name of its seminal Mercedez model designed by Maybach over twenty years before was chosen for the DMG portion of the new brand. "Mercedes" had been painted on a DMG vehicle used in races by a man in honor of his daughter, and became the formal name of a DMG model in 1902. Thus, Mercedes-Benz became the brand name applied to the models of one of the new firm. Because of its eponymous tie to Karl Benz and his early vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is also the name of the world's oldest continuously produced automobile line.
As part of the 1926 merger, a new logo was created that would include a symbol for each and integrate the names of the two former companies. A three-pointed star had been designed by Gottlieb Daimler, to show the ability of his motors for land, air, and sea use. This star first appeared on a DMG model in 1909, so it was chosen for the new logo. The traditional laurel wreath symbol used by Karl Benz was added along with his name to complete the new logo. The logo with a plain ring, as seen today, was not used until 1937.
Over the years Mercedez Benz has produced several of the worlds most memorable and collectible vehicles.
The "Fintail" was a series produced by from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s under the W111 chassis code. Though never officially designated as such (they were designated Peilstege, marking the end of the car in rear view mirror), the cars gained the nickname because of the distinctive rear-end which incorporates small tailfins, thought to be an attempt to appeal to the US market at the time. The Fintail is considered part of the lineage of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship model, particularly the initial 6-cylinder W111 and more luxurious W112 models. The Fintail models were pioneers of the automotive safety feature of crumple zones, which absorb the energies of a collision.
This exceptional 220SE coupe luckily does not have the fintails of its earlier brethren, but rather sports the design that carried MB through the sixties and is very similar to the Royce Royce Silver Shadow of the era. This exceptionally well preserved original example has covered just 49,000 miles from new. It features Factory Air Conditioning, sunroof, 4 speed, and European headlights. This car runs and drives without fault and has been properly maintained throughout its life.
It has a known history from new. Sent to the States by Mercedez Benz for the 1961 New York Auto Salon, this car is one of just a three stateside with a 4 speed, since they were only offered with automatics in the US market. It was purchased off the Salon floor by a Seattle enthusiast and has had only a few owners since.
This is a rare opportunity to get a truly classicly designed and built Mercedez with incredibly rare options and a known history in time capsule condition.
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