Mercedes-Benz W128

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Mercedes-Benz W128
3,916 built[1]
Classluxury car
Body style(s)4-door sedan
2-door coupe
2-door cabriolet
Engine(s)2.2 L straight-6
Wheelbase111 in (2819 mm) in (sedan)
106.3 in (2700 mm) (coupé or cabriolet)
ManualService Manual

The Mercedes-Benz W128 was a 6-cylinder automobile that was available in sedan, coupé, or cabriolet body styles and produced from October, 1958 to August, 1959 (Cabriolet A/C and Coupé to November, 1960). Its main model, the 220SE, was the last of the "Ponton" series which had design roots and styling cues beginning in 1953 with the Mercedes-Benz 180 sedan (chassis W120).

The 220SE featured a unitized body/frame construction and fully independent suspension. All models were fitted with a 2.2 L (2195 cc) straight 6 gasoline engine (M127) with aluminum head, overhead camshaft, and Bosch mechanical fuel injection. An automatic clutch was available with the column-mounted 4-speed manual transmission.

At the time, the cabriolet was priced similar to Cadillac's Eldorado Biarritz (DM 23,400/$ 8,091[2]). Nearly every interior surface of the coupé and cabriolet was covered in leather, and matching leather luggage was available. However, power steering, windows, air conditioning, and an automatic transmission were not available. In the S-Class lineage, the W128 was succeeded by the "Fintail" series starting with the W111 line.



1960 220SE Cabriolet
Body Units
Sedan 1,974
Coupé 830
Cabriolet 1,112

Later models

The 220SE model designation lived on for a few more years with the 1959 220SEb (chassis W111) "fin-body" sedans and the 1961 220SEb coupé and cabriolet.


  1. Werner Oswald: Deutsche Autos 1945-1990, vol. 4. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-613-02131-5, p. 31-38.
  2. Mike Covello: Standard Catalog of Imported Cars 1946-2002. Krause Publication, Iola 2002, p. 531; price for 220SEb.

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