Mercedes W111 Coupe/Cabriolet in right hand drive

I’ve always regarded the Mercedes W111 Coupe and Cabriolet range as the pinnacle of the regular Mercedes-Benz models.   True there were always Gullwings and 500K roadsters, but they are really in a class of their own.  They were always rare cars, but the W111 Coupe/Cabriolet in right hand drive are that rarer again.

I’ve owned a 250SE coupe (LHD), and currently own a 250SE Cabriolet.  I used to think about getting another Coupe to go with it, but the prices have shot up so much to make that less and less realistic.   Given how comparatively rare the right hand drive models of these cars are, I keep a database of each I see for sale or at a show.   But to start with, below are the production numbers of the RHD cars.  I’ve also included how many were officially imported into Australia.

Mercedes W111 Coupe/Cabriolet in right hand drive

It is interesting to see how these figures get ‘stretched’ by optimistic car dealers!

Australian Delivery cars mean exactly that, a car ordered and delivered through an Australian Mercedes-Benz dealer.   My 250SE, while it has always been an Australian car (albeit a well traveled one), was purchased by a Diplomat posted overseas.  Therefore it is officially classed as an order for a foreign diplomat.   The numbers come from a reliable source, although I have seen a 250SE Cabriolet with a Yorkstar inventory placard.   I am not sure of this car’s story.

Despite the 300SE being the significantly most expensive option, this model was relatively popular in right hand drive countries.  The 300SE is actually a W112, but I include the numbers as it is related.

The sad thing about all this is the number of factory coupes that have been ruined by cutting the roof off them to make a fake cabriolet.   The cabriolet is built very differently and the coupe is beautiful car in its own right.  It is such a shame to see these cars butchered like that.

The W111 Coupe/Cabriolet in Right Hand Drive is a very rare beast.


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