After Mercedes Benz’s great success with the post-war “Ponton" sedan, coupe, and convertible models, the successor’s lineup had big shoes to fill. The luxury marque’s response was the W111 chassis, which initially debuted as the iconic Heckflosse (meaning “Fintail") sedan at the 1959 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Based on the Ponton’s blueprint, the W111/W112 track was widened, the greenhouse was enlarged for increased visibility, and the overall shape was boxier with a more upright front and rear design. The new chassis focused heavily on safety, featuring front and rear crumple zones and retracting seat belts, both of which were quite advanced for 1959.
By 1960, the sedan-based coupe was added to the lineup, with a two-door cabriolet version following shortly after—both the fixed roof and drop-top were designated as 220SE. By 1965, the 220SE was replaced with the 250SE, which gained Mercedes’ latest M129 2500cc straight-six engine. The new 150-horsepower engine dramatically increased performance.
The sedan, coupe, and cabriolet proved to be another lineup design score with great sales success for Mercedes-Benz; production lasted from 1959 to 1971, with more than 370,000 units produced.The coupe and convertible variants’ rear end was heavily revised with less dramatic quarter panel fins—a design that was phased out by the end of the decade. Both the coupe and cabriolet focused on luxury with a lush leather cabin, woodwork, an abundant supply of highly polished metal trim, and optional amenities such as an automatic transmission, power steering, air-conditioning, and a sunroof for the coupe.
The 250SE model received new 14-inch wheels with chrome beauty rings and new body-color-matched center caps. The 250SE model was only produced from 1965 to 1967..Supporting its original 4 speed manual transmission..This car is in very nice original condition ......Read Less
After Mercedes Benz’s great success with the post-war “Ponton" sedan, coupe, and convertible models, the successor’s lineup had big shoes to fill. The luxury marque’s response was the W111 chassis, which initially debuted as the iconic Heckflosse (meaning .....Read More
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