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.
Manufactured in November 1952, this 220 A cabriolet was first sold in Berlin and as today, came in black livery, red leather seating, Becker wireless and additional Bosch lamps with Hella straps. Later being sold by Mercedes-Benz to Paris it resided in France for many years. What is emarkable on this 220 A is the fact that it is still unmolested and very original to this day with only some minor cosmetic restoration. The majority of its interior, paint and chrome is original, if only a little patinated now. The maintenance file dates back 20 years and includes an inspection report of 2015 and a service in 2017 by Mercedes-Benz.
Although not a concours contender in its current state, this is a very honest and rare sought after car and uncommonly available for sale in such original condition. One of only 2,360 Mercedes-Benz 220 A cabriolets built.