Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in April 1951, the 220 was in effect a six-cylinder cousin to the four-cylinder 170S on the same 2,845mm wheelbase chassis. Although closely based on the 170 S, the 220 featured more modern styling updated with headlamps integrated into the wings. The suspension had undergone considerable development, a thoroughly modern double wishbone/coil spring design being adopted at the front while at the rear the track was widened and telescopic shock absorbers fitted. The Motor found that the new Mercedes Benz, ‘offered an almost unique sensation in coupling genuine soft suspension and comfortable ride over rough roads with light precise steering, freedom from roll and an ability to traverse an accurate predetermined course which would do credit to a racing car.’
With 80bhp on tap courtesy of its 2.2-litre overhead-camshaft engine, the 220 saloon was good for a top speed of around 140km/h – as was the four-door Cabriolet B. In the best Mercedes Benz tradition, both of these convertible models were exceptionally well equipped. The combined total of Cabriolet A and B production amounted to only 2,360 in five years and today these models are both rare and highly sought after.
Only 997 Mercedes Benz 220 B Cabriolets were manufactured from 1951 to 1954 and we are pleased that the one on offer here today is a matching numbers example described to be in excellent condition throughout, as supported by the expert inspection report of 17th August 2017. The car is owned by a true Mercedes Benz enthusiast/collector for more than 3 decades and the odometer is showing a modest mileage of ca. 60,000kms.
Said to be accident free and equipped with a tan hood to original specification and tobacco brown livery, the car boasts a period Becker wireless and most significantly, the original wooden crate with tools and parts, as delivered by the works in 1953. All in all a wonderful early post war example of a stylish and collectable Mercedes-Benz.