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At the Easter 1986 I was sitting at the office reading through some papers. Below the heading "Motoring" in Dagens Nyheter I found an advert for a black Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 1959.

Similar to our first car

Our first family car was a black Mercedes-Benz 220 S 1957. The one that now was for sale was exactly the same, apart from the engine having the rare fuel injection system. Only 1,974 of the 220 SE model was built in 1959. In fact the engine has a Swedish connection as well, since Bertil Lindblad was one of the engineers behind this master piece!

We met with the seller in Norrköping, Sweden, and made up the deal. Since then we have really enjoyed the car. It's solid black, with chrome trim and whitewall tires. We have participated in numerous classic car rallies and exhibitions with the Mercedes-Benz. I was secretary in the Swedish Mercedes-Benz Club for 10 years. The car is really nice to drive, and can easily keep up with modern traffic. We've even been to Germany; driving on the Autobahn. It's also the kind of car that people still remember from their childhood.

Previous owners

Our car was first sold to the manager of a photo company in Berlin, Germany. This was in January 1959. The company had a Swedish customer, Kungsfoto in Stockholm. In 1963 the car got sold to Sweden. After only a year, the car was traded in at Gustaf Byrenius car dealership in Stockholm in favour of a Jaguar. A doctor from Uppsala became the new owner. In 1967 sold the car to a wardrobe keeper. Finally the car ended up at a dump truck driver. It was then deregister and finally scrapped. I eventually managed to get in contact with this man. I asked why the car was scrapped, if it was damaged or rusty? He then told me that it only had bad tires...

Back on the road again

Luckily the car wasn't "recycled", instead it was left for several years until a used car dealer found it and started to restore the car. He eventually got it back on the road again, and the car got sold to a lady. The papers from this period looks a bit odd, the car got registered and then deregistered again a week later or so. That continued for some time for some reason. It was then passed on to a man working at a theatre.

Anyhow, when we went to buy the car from him he couldn't prove that the car was his. So we ended up at the local police station to settle the deal, with the police as vittness! We then drove home in our "new" classic car.

Our first car - a Mercedes-Benz 220 S!

In the early 60's, my wife and I was looking for a car. We were both students in Lund at the time. The choise stood between a Volkswagen Beetle, a BMW 700 or a Mercedes-Benz 220 S. 219 or 180/190 was out of the question since the 220 S was so much more good looking!

We eventually found one for sale in the local paper Sydsvenskan. It was green, and was for sale in nearby Malmö. However, it turned out to be in a really bad condition so no deal on that car. Sometimes later another car was for sale, this time a 1957 220 S. It was sold by a gas station owner in Svedala. We paid stunning SEK 3,600 for the car (approx. $700 at the time).

...replaced by an Opel Kadett

Then our daughter was born, and with the need for a larger (more expensive) apartment we had to change to a somewhat cheaper car. So the Mercedes-Benz had to go; replaced by a 1965 Opel Kadett. Later we found out that the 220 S had an accident, but was recovered. It then moved on between various owners until it finally got scrapped by the end of the year.

Why Mercedes-Benz 220 S?

I believe that there's always a link back in time when you choose a new car. In my case, I can trace it back to the summer 1958 when I was working during summer. The job was in the garden at Skånska Ättikfabriken (what later became Perstorp AB). The managing director J. O. Nauclér had moles in his beutiful garden, where they were tearing up his lawn. So I had to drive his wifes car out on the lawn, and then use a hose to kill moles with the exhausts! Keep in mind that this was back in the 50's, and back then this was perfectly ok to do. Anyhow, the director himself was driving a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S, and his wife had a 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220.

Technical data

Colour
Solid black

Engine
2195 cc, Bosch fuel injection, six in line
Valves ...................... top; 2/cyl
Camshaft .................... 1, top
Cylinder block .............. cast iron, top in aluminium
Engine capacity ............. 137 cu in/2,2 liter
Compression ratio ........... 8,7:1
Bore and stroke ............. 80 mm x 72,8 mm
Horsepower .................. 130 hk/SAE/115 DIN (95 KW) @ 4800 v/min
Valves ...................... hydraulic
Fuel system ................. mechanic fuel injection, Bosch

Chassis
Wheel base .................. 111 in/2820 mm
Over al length .............. 188 in/4775 mm
Over all heigth ............. 61,4 in/1560 mm
Ovre all width .............. 68,5 in/1740 mm
Track, front ................ 56;3 in/1430 mm
Track, rear.................. 57,9 in/1470 mm
Weight ...................... 3020,3 lb/1370 kg
Rims ........................ 5kx13
Tires ....................... 6,70x13 Sport
Turning circle .............. 46 in/11,7 meter

Misc.
Steering .................... screw and sector. No servo.
Front suspension ............ MacPherson and gas dampers,
Rear suspension ............. individual suspension
Brakes ...................... 4 x drums; servoassisted
Ignition .................... Mechanic
Fuel capacity ............... 16,4 gal/62liter
Transmission ................ manual, 4 gears + rev., all synchromesh
...... ...................... at steering wheel
Max speed ................... 99,4 mph/160 km/tim
Aceleration 0-100............ 15 sek
Fuel consumption ............ 18,1 mpg/1,3 lit/mil super


 

Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 1959
Our Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 1959 outside the house.


Mercedes-Benz 220 SE 1959 during a classic car rally.


Last train between Kristianstad-Älmhult in 1988.


Today the rail is gone and the embankment is now used by bikes and pedestrians.


Beautiful white wheel in the Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.


Happy driver behind the wheel.


The Mercedes during the restoration.


Restoration done!


Coffe break outside Klågerup castle.

 

   

Latest update
2008-01-28