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1956-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S/SE Cabriolet specifications


Based on the 220 Ponton saloon but on a five-inch shorter floorpan, with much prettier bodywork distinguished by really long doors. Priced roughly 75% higher than a saloon when new, they sold in small numbers. The 220S had a 100bhp six-cylinder engine with twin Solex carburettors, and this was joined in 1958 by the 220SE, with the ‘E’ standing for fuel injection, a Bosch unit that added 15bhp – and even more to the car’s already high price. They remained in production a year longer than their saloon counterparts.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £3,715
  • Price (excellent)
    £60,000
  • Price (good):
    £50,000
  • Price (average):
    £27,500
  • Price (project):
    £15,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    15.2secs
  • Top speed:
    101.0mph
  • Power:
    98.0bhp
  • Torque:
    119.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, double wishbone, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil spring, swing axle
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4700mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2700mm
  • Width:
    1790mm
  • Height:
    1530mm

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