Monday, December 10, 2018

Fintail'd: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE

You know what 10 grand cash with get you at the new car showrooms across this country?  Nothing.  Zip.  Zilch. Nada.  Not even a stripped out power-nothin econobox from an emerging region.  Even the most basic cars are quite expensive when you get 'em fresh from the factory.  But head over to the used side of the world and suddenly 10 thousand smackeroos can get you something that makes you look like a drug kingpin or a warlord from one of those emerging regions.  Find this 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE here on eBay offered for $9995 or best-offer located in Palm Springs, CA.



 From the seller:
1962 Mercedes Benz 220SE, Original factory engine, Lots of work just completed. Rebuilt Carburetors, all new brakes, Tune up and oil service, Clutch service. Over 5k in work. Once repaint in the past, shows some age and blemishes but still shines. Factory 13 in wheels, good tires. All gauges, wipers, heater and lights work. No leaks, smoke or noises. Runs and drives excellent! Frame vin number matches clean title. 


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18 comments:

  1. Sharp looking car, with real presence. A couple of small things are wrong that jump out at me (broken turn signal, and whatever that thing is dangling in the grill). Seems odd that they have not been addressed on an otherwise well-presented car.

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  2. “Rebuilt Carburetors”
    I own a 1962 220 SE, and it has Bosch mechanical timed port fuel injection not carburetors.

    This is a plain old S not an SE.

    I really ought to sell mine it haven’t been run in years.

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    1. Wow, fuel injection in 1962. I did not know.... But maybe you should get your 220 SE running instead?

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    2. It was the same fuel injection system used in the 1954 300SL gullwing, so by that time it was pretty established. It looks exactly like the Mercedes diesel engines of that period that we had and the Bosch pump is pretty much the same. I grew up thinking that all Mercedes were fuel injected, never saw one with carbs.

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    3. Badge on the deck lid says S, indeed. Good call.

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  5. I've been told (frequently) that its better to keep your mouth shut and to be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt. With that preface, I was living in Switzerland during and traveling about with a top GM executive (I was dating his daughter). We were busy laying patches in the streets of Montreux in a 71 442 when I spotted a Mercedes SE. Just as though it was common knowledge, he commented that the "E" in the SE nomenclature stood for .. wait for it... fuel injection because the "E" was actually shorthand for "einspritzen".
    Now here's the deal. This guy was an incredibly smart engineer, but he was also famous for telling jokes and pranking on people.
    Now here we are, 48 years later...I get to find out if he was telling me the truth or pranking on me. I'll wait for your guffaws..and shaming.

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    1. By the way, he's dead, but his daughter's would probably love to hear of yet another joke told, only to be discovered later. Or, to have shared a 48 yr truth that was held by a 16 year old until it could be used properly in a sentence :)

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    2. Loquacious, the Hun...yarn well spun.

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    3. Yes it is einspritzen, the E in the Porsche 911E stands for it too.
      We used to have a cartoon about the German word for fighter aircraft fuel injection repatiman’s apprentice hanging in the garage but I forgot it long ago. Maybe if I spoke German...

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    4. Doc - loquacious, sagacious, let's not split hairs! :)
      All I want for Christmas is your economy of words.

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  6. Well, Hunsblogger, I hope the answer was worth the wait. It's true, the E stands for einspritzen. "Ein" meaning "one," "spritzen" meaning just what it sounds like, a "spritz," in this case of gas, sprayed into the combustion chamber. The Germans have a lot of funny (-sounding) words. I Googled hugh crawford's word for "fighter aircraft fuel injection repairman's apprentice" into German, and it gave me this: "Auszubildener eines Handwerkers fur die Einspritzung von Flugzeugkratsoffeinspritzern." To which I can only reply, "Gezundheit!"

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  7. Given the season, I'm left with only Thank You to all who helped clarify. I leave you with the marvelously lyrical sounding Fröhliche Weihnachten!


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  8. I am curious what the DT crew thinks is the right price for this car. I live in Palm Springs / Palm Desert, and can test drive the car. What else seems off? Dual carbs, nomenclature, blinker and grill, some rust beneath...

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    1. I thought we reached a consensus that carbs were correct for the S, but not the SE and SEL.

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  9. The rearview mirror stalks sprouting out of the fenders that are missing the mirrors is kind of odd, makes me wonder if this car ever spent time in Japan. I bet that the chrome has been redone at one time, the radiator shell looks like it's been rather vigorously polished, The wheel covers are supposed to be painted the same color as the body with the stars and rings left chrome.
    I'm sort of put off by the lack of interior and underhood photos. California sun is brutal on the interiors of these, and factory trained mechanics display OCD tendencies about cleaning the engine compartment, so a dirty engine is a sign of untrained maintenance.

    The population of technicians who can work on the fuel injectors and have the tools is pretty small and pretty elderly, anyone can learn to fix a carb so the carb is probably fine if you don't drive like my grandmother who routinely cruised at 85mph in the mid 1960s.

    Oh, the 4 speed column shift is a work of art, and the speedometer is pretty entertaining as well.

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