It is not always appreciated what a stir Mercedes-Benz road cars made in the 1950s. Leaving aside such obvious stars as the 300SL ‘Gullwing’, there were headlines like Magnificent Mercedes when a new saloon came out. It is not hard to see why: the company introduced new levels of build quality to even its most mundane models.
Take the 220S, here was a discreetly styled saloon with a top speed of 100mph – when it was introduced in 1956, 100mph was beyond some sports cars. It was superbly assembled at a time when most saloons were of dubious quality and it had such features as servo-assisted brakes and an overhead camshaft engine.
It also basked in the reflected glory of Mercedes-Benz’s legendary return to Grand Prix racing in 1954 (Fangio won back-to-back World Championships) and its winning of the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. The kudos which surrounded the model range cannot be understated especially since Mercedes Benz insisted on direct correlations between its road cars and competition cars: the low-pivot swing axle rear suspension, for example.
With the cars it introduced in the 1950s, Mercedes-Benz began to move to its present market niche. It was a decision which paid off as Mercedes-Benz has become an extraordinarily successful company on the back of matchless engineering and build quality.
Mercedes-Benz has combined conservatism with innovation – it introduced fuel injection, air-bags, traction control and was the first company to offer ABS on a popular range. The 220S is part of that tradition and remains one of the most desirable saloons of its day.
Restored and beautifully presented, this Mercedes Coupe has been nicely finished in
elegant ivory with red leather interior. This car comes with a German historic registration documents and a new TÜV to 2019. A full service with all lubricants changed was done recently and the odometer and water temperature instruments were changed into kms and centigrade. At the same time a period Becker Mexico wireless was installed.