1963 Mercedes-Benz W111 220SE


  • Recent Hilton & Moss £65,000 restoration 
  • Refinished in fetching blue metallic with red leather interior 
  • Little used since completion and in very good order 
  • New Bluetooth stereo system worth over £4,000
  • Great example of these carefully engineered convertibles 
  • Registration '76 GLB' included

The Appeal

Restoring a classic car can be a painstaking and lengthy process. Costly too. When a freshly and professionally restored car comes to market, they therefore command attention. 
This is just such a car. Recently extensively restored by none other than Hilton & Moss over two years between 2020 and 2022 at a cost of nearly £65,000, it presents in exquisite condition. The colour combination helps - blue metallic over burgundy leather is arguably one of the best for these beautifully detailed cars. 
The quality of the work shines out from the photographs. It has barely been used since completion so remains much as Hilton & Moss’ craftsmen intended. This handsome four-seater W111 is ready to use and enjoy - and with a £4,000 Bluetooth stereo fitted, that seems assured. 

History and Paperwork

  • First UK registered 18th July 1963 
  • Original UK market RHD car
  • Six registered keepers 
  • Registration '76 GLB' included
  • Purchased in 2019 for £70,000
  • Comprehensive refurbishment completed by Hilton and Moss
  • This work between 2020 and 2022 is documented in photographs and history
  • £65,000 spent on refurbishment with detailed invoices available
  • All chromes refurbished and new paintwork applied
  • Most engine parts replaced during refurbishment
  • Some spare parts included such as lights 
  • Currently listed as a white car with DVLA which the buyer may wish to change 
  • Last MOT expired in August 2020 with no advisories and 16,481miles showing 
  • Now showing 17,244 miles 
  • VIN number 11102320047097

The Condition

  • High end restoration by Hilton & Moss across all areas 
  • Refinished in handsome light blue metallic to a very high standard
  • Little use since completion means the car continues to present very well
  • Quality of the work evident in bodywork finish with clean, straight panels
  • Underside in very good order with undersealing 
  • This shows a couple of areas of deterioration that buyer may wish to easly remedy 
  • Chromework refinished and new exterior trim including lights fitted 
  • Sits on smart steel wheels with body colour chrome hub caps 
  • Black fabric roof in very good order appearing to have been fitted during restoration 
  • Retrimmed interior finished in classic burgundy leather 
  • Cabin is finished to a very high standard and presents well with no obvious signs of use
  • Interior fittings including veneers, dials and switchgear present to a high level 
  • Interior woodwork fully refurbished and new cream Bakelite factory steering wheel
  • High-end Bluetooth stereo system worth over £4,000
  • Period Becker Europa head unit disguises the modern system 
The handsome Paul Bracq lines of the W111 do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the car’s appeal, but there is no doubt that they are enhanced by a very well presented car. Restored by Hilton Moss, the work finished 18 months ago, this car proves that point. Finished in a popular blue over burgundy colour scheme, the quality of the workmanship is obvious and simply builds on Bracq’s work. 
With sparing use since completion the car arrives on the market much as it was when it left the Hilton and Moss works in late 2022. Across the interior and exterior you will struggle to find signs of use - instead the eye alights on quality finishes. Discreet touches abound, such as a high end modern sound system hidden away with only the factory Becker Europa head unit immediately visible. 

The Mechanics

  • M127 2,195cc 6cyl 115bhp engine 
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • Most engine parts replaced during refurbishment
  • Engine and mechanical components checked and refurbished by Hilton and Moss
  • Mechanicals overhauled as part of the £65,000 restoration 
  • No reported running or driving issues 
Effortless is the word that comes to mind when you slip behind the wheel of any W111. These sumptuous cars were built for travelling in comfort, serenely and quietly thanks to a range of carefully engineered engines. 
The 220SE got the 2,195cc M127 6cyl motor, a highly regarded, whisper-quiet engine that in this example is mated to a four speed manual box. 
The mechanicals were extensively overhauled during the two year restoration by Hilton & Moss. We understand that what was not replaced was checked and refurbished. You can review the work in the photographs of the invoices. 
The car has been little used since the work was finished so comes to the buyer with all the benefit of that work and with no known mechanical issues. 


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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 220
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 17,244 Miles
  • Engine size 2195
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
12 bids from 6 bidders
  • Up•••• £85,250 14/06/24
  • ti•••• £84,750 14/06/24
  • ti•••• £84,250 14/06/24
  • Up•••• £83,750 09/06/24
  • to•••• £80,000 09/06/24
  • Ad•••• £75,500 09/06/24
  • to•••• £75,000 09/06/24
  • ri•••• £65,000 08/06/24
  • to•••• £50,000 07/06/24
  • ri•••• £45,000 07/06/24
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