Despite its pre-World War II reputation as a manufacturer of luxury cars, in the immediate post-war years Mercedes produced only four-cylinder engined passenger cars. The W187 Mercedes-Benz 220 and W186 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer introduced together in 1951 were the first Mercedes to once again feature six-cylinder engines. Resultantly the 220 was hugely successful with production numbers soaring right up to 18,500 throughout the four year production run. Only 1,278 of the more luxurious and expensive 220S Cabriolet A’s were ever produced.
All 220s used the newly developed M180 six cylinder 2195cc engine producing 80 hp. In contrast with the rather old fashioned look of the car’s body, the new engines attracted much attention in the motoring press, being the first new engine presented by Mercedes-Benz in more than ten years. The valves were operated by short rocker arms from an overhead camshaft. The engine was unusual in Europe at this time in having oversquare cylinder dimensions with a bore of 80.0mm and a stroke of only 72.8mm, which facilitated the design of an efficient cylinder head. The manufacturer was able to claim a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) for the saloons and 145 km/h (90 mph) for the cabriolets. The new six-cylinder engine would form the basis, repeatedly enlarged and upgraded as the years went on, for a long line of six-cylinder engines powering mainstream Mercedes-Benz models including the six-cylinder version of the early S-Class models in the 1970s.
One of only 1,278 ever produced, this 220S Cabriolet A has wonderful history of long-term ownership. Produced in 1952, its first two keepers collectively owned the car for over 64 years and clearly looked after the car very well and the result of which can be seen by the cars sublime originality and fantastic patina. The car is technically sound and has always received its usual maintenance by marque specialists which has allowed the transmission to function smoothly and flawlessly until this day.
Finished in a wonderful combination of Maroon red with black leather interior, this 220S is for sale today in its original unrestored Patina. The remarkable six cylinder engine that changed and dictated the future of Mercedes engineering up until the 70s, runs very well and has a good compression and oil pressure.
Astonishingly, included in the cars history file are the original booklets that came with the car. A truly rare and remarkable car that has boldly stood the sands of time. No doubt a great investment opportunity.