Mercedes-Benz was evolving quickly in the late Fifties and was well on its way to becoming the foremost manufacturer of luxury and near-luxury automobiles in the world. Much of its success can be traced to the 220. Introduced in 1954 with a 2.2 liter single overhead camshaft inline six, Mercedes-Benz engineers quickly improved it until the series culminated in the 220SE in 1958. With Bosch mechanical fuel injection and shorter 106" wheelbase, it became a true 100+mph luxury car. The most sought are the cabriolets like this beautifully maintained and presented 1958 from the first year of production. Preserved in the benign climate of California from 1967-87, it is subtly liveried in basic black with tan leather upholstery and a black cloth top. The interior is highlighted by a white steering wheel and gorgeous zebra wood appointments. It is fitted with a Blaupunkt multi-band radio, Mercedes-Benz's excellent 4-speed automatic transmission, new Mercedes-style carpets, full wheel covers and whitewall tires. It has been meticulously maintained throughout its life, receiving cosmetic attention when needed as well as continuous attention to its operation and appearance so it has never needed a restoration but today presents as well as most freshly restored cars. Its long history of careful attention is supported by a large file of receipts for work done throughout its life. Rarely seen in such good condition or looking this sharp and crisp, its availability is a rare opportunity.
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