1958→1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet

In 1958, Mercedes-Benz updated their 220 S with the inclusion of mechanical fuel injection. Thus the new 220 SE benefited from increased power to 137 bhp.

Internally, the injection cabriolets were known by bodycode W128 with the engine code M127.983. From October 1958 to November 1960 the 1,112 Cabriolets were produced alongside the Coupe and Sedan.

Unlike the Sedan, the 220 Cabriolet and Sedan were produced by the Sindelfingen factory.

In Detail

tagsw128, 220se
submitted byadmin
typeSeries Production Car
production years1958 – 1960
built atGermany
price $$ 7,200
positionFront, Longitudinal
valvetrainChain-Driven SOHC
fuel feedMechanical Fuel Injection
displacement2195 cc / 133.95 in³
bore80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke72.8 mm / 2.87 in
power99.9 kw / 134 bhp
specific output61.05 bhp per litre
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
steeringRecirculating Ball
f suspensionDouble Wishbones
r suspensionSwing Axle w/Radius Arms
dry weight1453 kg / 3200 lbs
wheelbase2700 mm / 106.3 in
front track1430 mm / 56.3 in
rear track1470 mm / 57.9 in
length4760 mm / 187.4 in
width1765 mm / 69.5 in
height1530 mm / 60.2 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
top speed~160 kph / 99.36 mph
fuel capacity64 litres or 16.90 gal.


Auction Sales History


1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE ‘Ponton’ Cabriolet 128.30-10-003320 – sold for €104,650

This 220 SE cabriolet was delivered new to Guatemala, remaining there until 1983 when it was sold to a Mr Alvaro Vilela in Portugal where it would remain until 2014. Five years later the car passed to Mr Jose Rodolfo Brandao, who kept it for the next 17 years before selling it to Dr Fernando Manuel Campos, its owner up to 2014. In 2005 the Mercedes was used on the ‘XXIV Rali Automoveis Antigos’ in Portugal.

This 220 SE has covered only 74,800 kilometres from new and retains its original interior trim, woodwork (repaired) and Becker radio, and even its original spare wheel, incredibly with the original warranty sticker still attached! Maintenance stickers in the door record services at 57,000 and 60,000 kilometres. Boasting a mohair convertible hood, the car is finished in brown with beige interior and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. Offered with instruction manual, Portuguese title and a good history file, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and much sought-after soft-top Mercedes-Benz.

Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams


1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet 12803010002722 – sold for $90,000 Bought in Philadelphia in running condition. A fitted layer of Wood interiors were purchased in South America, handcrafted worked for its reconstruction. Restored in 2003. Interiors and top by: GAHH. Original radio. Driven 190 miles since the restoration. Service manuals, tools and books. 11% buyers premium on this automobile, Import duties have been paid.
Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions


1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet – sold for €123,200 Rare example of the hand-built Sindelfingen “Ponton” design. Beautifully executed restoration, just recently completed. Desirable four-speed gearbox with Bosch fuel injection.
Auction Source: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions


1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet – sold for $170,500 Complete Documented Expert-Level Quality Restoration. Technologically Sophisticated Fuel-Injected Engine. Period- Correct Interior and Exterior Color Combination. Rare and Highly Collectible “Ponton” Series Mercedes-Benz Model. Elegant Leather, Burled Wood, and Wilton Wool Interior. A Show-Worthy and Much Sought-After Classic.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company


1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet – sold for $66,000 Single Ownership from New; Purchased New in Copenhagen. Pacific Northwest Car Since Early 1960s Importation to the US. Stored and Not Driven Since 1971; Great Restoration Candidate. Complete with Books, Tools, and Data Card. Rare, Highly Collectible, and Sought-After Classic Mercedes-Benz.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company


1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet – sold for $137,500 A Desirable Fuel-Injected Variant. A Rare Example of Sindelfingen’s Hand-Finished “Ponton” Design. One of Just 1,112 Produced. Cosmetically Restored Seven Years Ago by LaVine Restorations, Inc.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company


1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible A12803010092 – sold for $105,000
This elegant 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Convertible is one of only 1,112 built in the model’s brief history. A multiple winner on the California Concours show circuit, it was fully restored in 2001, covering just 2,300 miles since then. All its mechanical components were overhauled, a new top and boot installed and the leather interior updated with refinished wood and chrome and new carpets. The original factory radio and electric antenna remain with the car, which is offered with the complete tool kit, factory service manual, spare parts catalog and specifications book.
Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum