Selling a 1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet


1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet
1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet

The Mercedes Benz 220SEb was the last of the hand-built Mercedes; a time when only 13 cars per week would roll off the production line and into the garages of some of the world’s most elite buyers. These 220SEb models were true classics from the instant they were released. Sedan models would be built first, running from 1959 to 1968, while Coupes and Cabriolet models would start running alongside the Sedans in 1961. If you’re the owner of a 1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet, you probably already know about the technological advancements that are present throughout the car, however your potential buyers may not. The front and rear crumple zones, as well as the Mercedes-patented retractable seatbelts, make this classic capable of running the streets safely with today’s automobiles. On the exterior, the new “fintail” design was focused to attract the European and American markets, with the basic Ponton cabin being widened and squared off, with a larger glass area to improve visibility for drivers.


1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet Seller’s Guide

In total, the widely popular 220SEb saw 16,902 units produced from 1961 to 1965, with only 2,729 of those models being Cabriolet body styles. Because of the rarity of the 220SEb Cabriolet models, many Coupe models have been cut and converted into convertibles (particularly the 280SE 3.5 coupes that would come down the line in 1969) so it is imperative to give any potential buyer evidence that this is not the case with your 1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet. To do this, share photos or allow your buyer to inspect the chassis and engine numbers. The 220SEb Cabriolet should have a chassis prefix of 111.023 and an engine prefix of 127.984. Additionally, buyers will want to know the condition of your convertible top and if you have the optional hardtop. Lastly, be sure to allow potential buyers to thoroughly inspect your model for rust, which they may want to do by placing the car on a lift. You should generally have no problem with this happening.



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Always in the market to purchase new classics for their collection, the Alex Manos team of California classic car dealership professionals would be delighted to learn more about your 1961 Mercedes Benz 220SEb Cabriolet and to discuss other Seller’s Tips. Renowned for offering top dollar in cash, they look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find a new home for your Mercedes. Connect today!


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