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.
Beautifully finished in two-tone red over black, mechanically the car is in good condition and has been very well maintained. Cosmetically, the car is also finished to a high quality with a lot of attention to detail.