220 was Mercedes-Benz's bread and butter model, comprising the vast majority of cars built, particularly for export, in the mid- and late-Fifties. First introduced in 1951, the 220 was comfortable, well-built and attractive. Its 80hp single overhead camshaft six, however, did little to provide exciting performance. The 220S, with dual carburetion resolved that shortcoming from its introduction in 1956, eventually culminating in the 120hp of this 1959 dual carburetor 220S. Finished in Red with dark Red leather upholstery piped in Grey, it is a largely original car which has been in long term enthusiast ownership where its every mechanical and cosmetic need was attended to while preserving its originality. The interior woodwork, of which there is plenty, has been redone by its enthusiast owner to very high standards. The leather upholstery is sound and usable with delicious patina. Mechanically it is top notch and was driven 300 miles to St. Louis without incident when it was acquired. It has had a quality repaint, retains its original radio and has had some of its chrome redone as needed. With whitewall tires, hubcaps, trim rings and its model's outline of chrome trim around the red paint it has great eyeball appeal and will reward its next owner with the experience of owning a quality Mercedes-Benz which has never had, nor needed, a restoration.
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