Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Coupé Cabrio ( A 217 ) 2015

You’ve just got to love how Mercedes-Benz goes about their branding. Here we have a teaser image of the upcoming state-of-the-art S-Class Cabriolet. In the background, is a W111 1961 220 SE Cabriolet. Yep, after 44 years, the company will again offer an open-top variant of its flagship model.

“The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolises our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers”, said Ola Källenius, Board Member of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.

This will be a truly iconic car – unmistakably opulent, refined and exclusive, yet equipped with advanced technologies including enhanced automatic wind protection system AirCap, AirScarf neck-level heating system, heated armrests, rear seat heaters and of course, intelligent fully-automatic climate control.

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S-Class Cabriolets have had a long history, as even back in the 1920s, the luxury cabriolets from Stuttgart exuded a fusion of open-top motoring with the comfort and safety of a Mercedes-Benz sedan. These include the 170 S (W136) from 1949, the 220 (W187) from 1951 and the 300 S (W188) from 1952.

After the “Ponton” cabriolets 220 S (W180) and 220 SE (W128) were built from 1956 to 1960, in 1961 the 220 SE Cabriolet of the model series W111 was launched, a particularly elegant, open-top four-seater that is still considered timeless to this day.

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In this ten-year production period, Mercedes-Benz offered five different models in these model series: the 220 SE, 250 SE, 300 SE (W112), 280 SE and, as a late top model, the eight-cylinder 280 SE 3.5. In total, 7,013 units of these five cabriolets were manufactured in Sindelfingen.

Apparently, Mercedes-Benz cabriolets are among the most sought-after classic cars. For example, the 1971 280 SE 3.5 is valued at $290,000 (RM1,225,400), while another model in excellent condition was recently auctioned last August for $429,000 (RM1,812,707). Now, that’s truly staggering.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe