Four luxurious seats and nothing but the wide open sky above
The reason for this abundance of space is that, like the Coupé presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, the Cabriolet was based on the full-length floor assembly of the “tail fin” Saloon. Right from the outset, the Coupé and Cabriolet were planned as members of the W 111 model series. The aim of Chief Engineer and Development Board Member Prof.
Classics that are coveted the world over
The understated elegance underlying the design of both the Coupé and the Cabriolet had perfectly hit the public’s nerve. The designs proved so perfectly timeless that the Coupé and Cabriolet stayed in production for eleven years. In addition, they had a lasting influence on the design of the W 108/109 model series of luxury saloons built from 1965 onwards, and were even built in parallel with them until 1971.
One point that was considered was an SL front end to emphasise the cars’ sportiness, but this was rejected in favour of the classic design with the Mercedes star mounted on the radiator grille.
The 220 SE Coupé and Cabriolet were in production until October 1965 and replaced by the 250 SE Coupé/Cabriolet (M 129, 110 kW/150 hp). As early as the spring of 1962, Mercedes-Benz expanded its model range to include the 300 SE Coupé/Cabriolet, which were assigned to the W 112 series. The upgrade activities on the inside were, however, more significant: a three-litre, six-cylinder M 189 engine with 118 kW (160 hp) and an aluminium engine block, four-speed automatic transmission, air suspension, disc brakes on all four wheels and power steering were all standard equipment. But all this meant the price was now almost DM 10,000 more: the 300 SE Coupé cost DM 32,750 and the Cabriolet DM 34,750, making them the most expensive cars in the model range. From January 1968, the two-door models were available with the 2.8-litre six-cylinder M 130 engine and 118 kW (160 hp) as the 280 SE Coupé/Cabriolet and, from September 1969, a five-speed manual transmission was available.
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