Car Show Outtake: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet (W111) – Lass Die Guten Zeiten Rollen


Here’s a bit of light therapy in those dark, cold and wet pre-Christmas weeks. This classic Mercedes-Benz convertible, with its top down, caught my attention at a car show. On a sunny day, with a highly pleasant temperature, last October.


A marvelous 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Cabriolet (convertible) W111-series, a model of the so-called Heckflossen-Serie. Among Benz-buffs the W111 is also known as the Große Flosse.


The W111-series was introduced in 1959, most common was of course the 4-door Limousine (sedan). The W111 2-door Coupé and Cabriolet were the last largely handcrafted Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Four times as much handmade parts were used as for the Limousine.


No wonder the Coupé and Cabriolet were almost twice as expensive as the Limousine…


Just 2,729 of these 220 SE Cabriolets were built from September 1961 to October 1965. Its power unit is the M127.984, a 120 hp 2,195 cc inline-6 engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection.



This is how a high-end classic car interior looks like. Only the best materials and assembly-quality will do.


This splendid cruiser for sunny days is equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission. Right. Is it spring yet ? Because I can’t wait.

Related: Curbside Classic: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Cabriolet (W111)