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Lot 245: Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe

Sports, Sports Touring, Competition & Grand Prix, Coys (8 August 2009)

It is not always appreciated what a stir Mercedes-Benz road cars made in the 1950s. Leaving aside such obvious stars as the 300 SL Gullwing, there were headlines like Magnificent Mercedes when a new saloon came out. It is not hard to see why: the company introduced new levels of build quality to even its most mundane models.

Take the 220S, here was a discreetly styled saloon with a top speed of 100mph  when it was introduced in 1956, 100mph was beyond some sports cars. It was superbly assembled at a time when most saloons were of dubious quality and it had such features as servo-assisted brakes and an overhead camshaft engine. As is the fashion even today, the same car was offered as a standard saloon as well as the more glamorous Coupe and Convertible options, both of course much more expensive, more elegant, and then as now very rare and desirable.

This rare and beautifully presented 220 S Coupe is fitted with the sought after manual gearbox and is an original German delivery, but found its way to the United States in 1964. Its meticulous first American owner kept the car until 1981 and reported every repair, mileage and fuel consumption in his notebook. Only recently has this magnificent Mercedes found its way back to its native Germany. Not surprisingly, as a result of the meticulous care of the previous owner, the vendor describes the car as in very good original condition with a lovely patina that no restorer can fake. Beautifully finished in ivory over graphit grey with the original tan leather interior and the desirable Webasto sliding sunroof, this is an unrepeatable opportunity for the serious Mercedes collector.

Dieses sehr originale, handgeschaltete 220 S Ponton Coupe beeindruckt mit seinem originalen Erhaltungszustand und einer sehr schönen Patinierung. Das Fahrzeug ist zum Teil noch mit dem originalen Interieur ausgestattet. Der Mercedes in deutscher Ausführung wurde nachweislich 1964 in Amerika zugelassen. Der Besitzer führte bis zum Verkauf des Fahrzeugs 1981 ein Notizbuch über alle Reparaturen, Kilometerstände und Verbräuche seines liebevoll "Maximillian"-getauften Wagens. Erst vor kurzer Zeit kam das Fahrzeug zurück nach Deutschland.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Sports Touring, Competition & Grand Prix
Coys, Nurburgring
TypeCar
Lot Number245
Estimate€55000-€65000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€55389
Year1958
Condition rating0
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Number of doors2