1966 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet (W211) #2122

  • Stock Number: 2122
  • Make / Model: Mercedes-Benz / 280 SE Cabriolet (W211)
  • Paint Colour: Blue/Blue
  • Interior Colour: Grey Leather
  • Year: 1966
  • Price: £149,995

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About This Car

1966 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet (W211) #2122

A seminal car in the Mercedes-Benz back catalogue, the 220, 250, 280 and 280 3.5 Cabriolets make up four of the most iconic, desirable and collectible vehicles ever produced by the Stuttgart brand.

Owned by the upper echelons of society, the lawyers, bankers and Hollywood stars who loved these cars enjoyed a luxurious interior flush with the chrome, leather and burred walnut.

Total production numbers for the 220, 250 280 and 280 3.5 Cabriolets combined stretch to less than 6,500 units – not nearly enough to satiate worldwide demand for these palatial open motorcars.

The 220SE Cabriolet enjoyed the longest production run of the three, spanning 50 months with 2,729 made.

At just over 1.6 tons the 2.2 litre M127 engines fitted to the 220SE Cabriolet and it’s 118hp output could be described as adequate, but not ample. Although the 2.5 litre replacement alleviated the perceived power deficit somewhat, it wasn’t until the 280SE and then 280 3.5 V8 that the car really got the power plant that it’s weight and stature deserved.

What makes this 220SE such an interesting proposition is the well chosen secret that lurks beneath the bonnet. Instead of the 2.2 litre engine this car uses the later 280 powerplant, upgrading the available power from ‘adequate’ to ‘ample’.

A wonderful opportunity to acquire what is arguably the most stylish form of open air transport for four adults.


The Mercedes-Benz W111 convertible can be traced back to 1957, when design work began on a replacement of the 2 door Ponton shape.

Production of both the coupe and convertible began in late 1960 utilising the 2.2 M127 engine. In March 1962 the M189 powered 300SE arrived, and in 1965 the 220SE was replaced by the 2.5 litre 250SE. Two years later in 1967 the 220SE replaced by the 280SE, powered by the ‘all new’ 2778cc M130 engine, producing 160bhp – 40hp more than the 220SE. This all new engine could outperform the larger M189 powered 300SE, which signalled the end of the line for the range topping 300SE.

A replacement for the 300SE arrived in the form of the 280SE 3.5, fitted with the M116 V8 engine. This V8 engined car would be the final swansong for this wonderful four seater open cabriolet, a car that would not find a true successor in the Mercedes-Benz range until the W124 Cabriolet arrived in 1991.

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Bulkhead Corrosion

Although the R107 is renowned for build quality, there is one chink in the armour - the bulkhead. Many cars that present well from the outside are hiding internal rust. Water from outside the car should drain out through specially designed channels, but over time, these become blocked forcing water inside the car. Once water has breached the blower motor cover in front of the windscreen, it slowly wreaks havoc from inside out. This delicate area did not have rust protection from the factory, and as the metal deteriorates it the water ingress can lead to faulty electrics, damp carpets and musty smells inside the cabin.

All our cars come with a 36 month bulkhead warranty.

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We want our customers to have the confidence to get out and use these iconic classics, to enjoy them for trips at home and abroad.

That’s why we offer a 2 year ‘no quibble’ mechanical warranty with each car sold, as well as a 3 year bulkhead warranty.

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