Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz launched its 220 a, the predecessor to this car, in 1954. It represented the marque’s new generation of unit-body constructed cars. Built on a 170.8 milimetre longer wheelbase than its predecessor 180, it gave more legroom to rear seat passengers and more room under the hood for a 2.2-litre six-cylinder engine. Servo-assisted brakes became standard in September 1955. When the 220 S was introduced in August 1957, the horsepower of the engine was increased to 106 with two Solex downdraft carburettors. A Hydrak hydraulically-operated clutch became available as an extra-cost option. Only 1,280 coupés and cabriolets were produced during the 1958 model year.

Produced in limited numbers, the lovely cabriolets were hand-finished at Sindelfingen to the highest standards of Mercedes-Benz prestige models. Bodies were mass-produced but finished by craftsman skilled in the art of coachbuilding.

Part of the RM Auctions in London in October, 2012.

106 hp 2,195 cc OHC six-cylinder engine with twin Solex carburettors, independent front suspension with coil springs, swing-axle rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106.3 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp

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