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1965 Mercedes-Benze 220SE Cabriolet Practically New Total Ground–Up Restoration

Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 200-Series
SubModel: 220 SE W111 Cabriolet
Type: Cabriolet
Trim: 220SE
Year: 1965
Mileage: 2,361
VIN: 1110231207859
Color: Midnight Blue
Engine: M127
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Parchment Leather
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Santa Ana, California, United States

1965 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 220SE Additional Info:

Mercedes-Benz Classics
1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
You can view this car in Orange County, CA, 10 minutes away from John Wayne Airport, from now until January 14th, 2017.
Between Jan 15th–Jan 22nd, we'll be glad to show you this beautifully restored Cabriolet near the Scottsdale, AZ Mercedes dealer.
Please call or text 213-822-4485 or email Michael.Lopera@gmail.com in order to set up an appointment.
This was a serious and costly restoration.
Over $275,000 invested in what we believe is the nicest 220SE Cabriolet out there!
This project took well over 3,000 hours of meticulous restoration work over the course of 7+ years to complete.
There most likely aren't many comparables, or at least none that have been restored to this level.
You're looking at one of only 2,729 that were ever built!
This 220SE Cabriolet has been restored in the factory midnight blue, color code {904}. A magnificent paint job was done on a bare body with extreme attention to detail both inside and out. Under carriage and trunk were done completely; detailed with cad plated fuel and brake lines and all new brackets to hold them up. Engine bay fully restored to factory specifications using every hose clamp available from that era. Engine, transmission and rear end have all been rebuilt, as well as the front suspension, using new parts from Mercedes-Benz wherever available. The injection pump was rebuilt by Gus Pfister, founder of Pacific Fuel Injection in Northern California, highly regarded as the best place to get these injection parts serviced.

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The interior was completely redone in the factory using Mercedes-Benz parchment leather. Rather than purchasing a leather seat kit, the seat patterns were crafted from scratch, copying the original seat covers. Carpet was also tailored to the car and not a kit that most people buy online and throw in there hoping that it will adjust itself to the car. The outside door handles were purchased brand new, as well as the lock on the trunk. Our interior guy has only been working on our cars exclusively, which have been only Mercedes Benz and occasionally a Rolls Royce or Ferrari, for the last 35 years.

Factory Blue German canvas and original Headliner materials used to rebuild the soft top frame from the bottom up. Every molding has been re-chromed by the best shop in Los Angeles. We also purchased a set of burl wood from Mercedes Benz in Germany circa 1986, fully aware that we'd find good use for it in this 220SE Cabriolet. All brand new factory Mercedes glass was purchased for this project 14 years ago, including a Brand new windshield and molding. It's equipped with brand New European headlights and tail lights items that are no longer available today, a professionally rebuilt factory installed Becker radio and a brand new Hirschman electric antenna; also an item that can no longer be purchased today at any price! There are too many other parts to list.
We upgraded the differential to disc brakes for better braking performance, installed all 4 brand new rotors and calipers, brand new bilstein shocks all the way around, 5 brand new Phoenix tires, new master cylinder, replaced brake hoses, and re-cored the radiator.
While we're proud of the high quality work we do, we would honestly be thrilled to find a better restored car than this.

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