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.
Owned by the current vendor for an astonishing 54 years, the car has been looked after exceptionally well. As a true testament to the level of care that this car has received over the last seven decades, when we first saw the car just two years ago it was still in regular use by the owner yet also retained all of its original upholstery and wood-work. Over the last two years the car has been beautifully restored, however in its extensive history file one can still find its beautifully patinated and original books that wonderfully reflect the meticulous nature of its current and almost singular custodian.
Offered with an extensive history file, this stunning example one of only 1,278 ever produced, has recently been the subject of a comprehensive restoration. Finished in its original colour scheme of black with cognac leather interior not only would this car stand out in any prestigious classic car collection, however wielding its remarkable bullet-proof 6-cylinder engine, it is a fantastic touring car for the forthcoming summer months!