The example in question is one of only 17 right-hand drive models from approximately 2000 220SE Coupe and Cabriolet models manufactured, and comes finished in black with contrasting blue hood, and still sporting the original maroon leather interior.
“Deriving from the German word Ponton, meaning pontoon, the design trend reputedly originated from the German wartime practice of adding tread armour along the full-length of tank sides, and typically led to the integration of the front fenders within the full-width, full-length bodywork,” Historics explains in a statement for the press.
From its delivery in 1960 until 2004, the car was kept in London and maintained by marque specialists, Portland Motors. Since 2004 the car has seen only occasional use at Mercedes-Benz rallies and events.
“The six-cylinder ‘soft top’ on sale at Historics auction bears all the hallmarks of the obviously oversized, slab-sided appearance of vehicles in the post-war Ponton period. It is harnessed however in the style and luxury of a cabriolet configuration, to create a highly sought-after Grand Tourer,” the statement further adds.