Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B Convertible
Introduced at Frankfurt in 1951, the Mercedes-Benz 220 series was available in sedan, coupe and cabriolet variants. It was in production through August 1955, with only 997 Cabriolet Bs built. According to a letter sent by a previous owner to the vendor, this lovely example was owned by a gentleman in Wisconsin from 1993 to 1998, who bought it from a party that found the car in a barn they had purchased. Upon acquiring it, he removed the body from the frame and restored both. He claimed to have never driven the car but only restored it cosmetically. In 1998, he sold the car to a car dealer in southern Louisiana, who painted the car black (it was red before) and only drove it 42 kilometers over the next five years. In fact, it sat in his showroom, not for sale, but simply as a display car.
Finally, in 2003, the vendor acquired the 220 Cabriolet B with 36,363 kilometers showing on the odometer. Although it was cosmetically restored, he enjoys driving his cars and therefore elected to conduct a mechanical restoration on this car as well. He carried out as much work as possible on his own before sending the car to noted restorer Henry Magno of Massachusetts. Receipts totaling over $37,000 in mechanical work are available. As presented, the car is reported to run perfectly and drives wonderfully. The owner has driven the car about 3,500 kilometers since purchasing it and has won awards in every car show he has entered.
The extensive list of desirable features include an original owners manual, sales literature, service manual, a Telefunken radio with multiple bands and original Bosch lamps with halogen bulbs, which do not have sealed beam units behind the original lenses like so many other restored cars. The car also has a set of fitted luggage in the trunk, which is in excellent condition. Overall, it is described as being in outstanding condition with everything in working order. The lovely black exterior finish is offset by a burgundy interior with matching carpets. Thanks to properly executed restoration work, this Mercedes-Benz requires nothing to be driven and shown with pride.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
80 hp, 2,195 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed column-shift transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, rear suspension by swing axles and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"