The Mercedes-Benz 220 served as the company’s bread and butter model in the mid- and late-1950s, comprising the vast majority of cars built, particularly for export. First introduced in 1951, the 220 was comfortable, well built and very attractive, but its 80 horsepower singe overhead camshaft six did not offer much in the way of performance. The dual carburetor 100-horsepower 220S resolved that issue from its introduction in 1956, eventually culminating in the 120 SAE horsepower provided by this 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S, which is a more fun and desirable cabriolet model.
Finished in dark grey, it has a red interior, white vinyl convertible top, hub caps and bias ply whitewall tires. The previous, careful owner of over three decades gave the car a repaint as well as new seat upholstery, carpets and wood. It is a straight, honest and pretty car that has never been restored because it has never needed it. It has simply received the attention it needs when it has needed it. Its sound condition is testament to both careful ownership and the superb quality typical of Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s. A strong and presentable example, it can be enjoyed for many miles before beginning the kind of straightforward restoration that is only possible on such a well-kept example.
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