The Frankfurt Motor Show in the Spring of 1951 saw the return of Mercedes-Benz to their traditional place in the high quality market with the introduction of the 220 series. In line with the rest of the contemporary range of models, these cars featured six cylinder single overhead camshaft engines, valves being across, not in line with, the head. This unit produced 80bhp at a relaxed 4,600rpm, giving an impressive 90mph top speed. Roadworthiness was described by The Motor at the time as outstanding, all independent suspension giving a remarkably level ride on poor secondary roads, yet with good high speed cornering and precise steering. This car was not cheap however, the German price of £1,098 being inflated to £2,123 for the UK market.
This splendid cabriolet Mercedes comes to us straight from a Swiss car museum, where it has been on loan by a Swiss collector and is described as being in superb condition in all respects after a no expense spared restoration. Complete with the car is a Swiss VFFS expert evidence condition report, rating the condition to be a clear 1 as well as a clear A in its originality. German TÜV inspectors came to the same result in 2007 and gave the ‘green light’ to a German historic registration, since this time the car was practically unused and only displayed.
Finished in a light shade of cream – with a sumptuous burgundy leather interior, polished woodwork, a black hood in Mercedes-Benz double duck quality and excellent chrome work all round and sits on new white-wall tyres. Interested parties should note that without question, to bring a 220 A Cabriolet into this condition today would definitely cost far more than today’s estimate.This Mercedes is suitable for the true connoisseur of this rare Mercedes model and presents a unique opportunity- unrepeatable at the estimate given.