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Original 1962 Mercedes-Benz advertisement for the German company's Model 220E class automobile.


The Mercedes-Benz W111 – which included the 220SE here – was a chassis code given to a range of Mercedes vehicles produced between 1959 and 1971, including four-door saloons (1959-1968) and two-door coupés and cabriolets (1961 to 1971). Their bodywork featured distinctive tailfins that gave the models their Heckflosse nickname — German for "fintail".


Introduced with a 2.2-litre inline six cylinder engine, the W111 spawned a pair of variant lines which bracketed it in 1961: downscale entry-level inline four cylinder vehicles sharing the W111 chassis and bodies and a high-end luxury saloon built on the W111 chassis with its body but exclusive features, elaborate appointments, and the Mercedes 300d Adenauer's fuel-injected 3-litre M189 six-cylinder engine – at the time, the company's largest.


Mercedes began production in late 1960, with the coupé making its debut at the 75th anniversary of the opening of Mercedes-Benz Museum in February 1961.  The convertible followed a few months later.  Unlike the previous generation of two-door ponton series, the 220SE designation was used for both the coupé and convertible; both received the same version of the 2195 cc M127 engine.  Options included a sliding sunroof for the coupé, automatic transmission, power steering, and individual rear seats.


Dimensions: 10.25 inches wide by 13.5 inches high

1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Class Automobile Advert

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