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Lot 369: Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe

Collectors Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 September 2010)

Mercedes-Benz reintroduced six-cylinder models to its range in 1951 with the 220 and 300 types, both of which were shown at the Frankfurt Show in the spring of that year. Both featured single overhead camshaft engines, with the valves set across the head, rather than in line, and actuated by rockers. The 220 was powered by a 2,195cc engine which in standard form produced 80bhp at 4,600rpm. A separate chassis was retained for these models, which were replaced in 1956 by a new range featuring unitary construction 'ponton' bodyshells.

In this new form the 220S saloon debuted at the 1956 Frankfurt Auto Show together with the 190 and 219. Like the contemporary 180, the new trio featured unitary construction of the chassis/body, independent suspension all round and drum brakes. Powered by an up-rated (100bhp) version of the existing 2,195cc overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, the 220S was good for a top speed of around 100mph. A shorter wheelbase was adopted for the Cabriolet model that appeared in May 1956 and also for the Coup� introduced the following year when the Hydrak semi-automatic transmission become available as an option  as fitted to this car, denoted by the Z in its chassis number. The Sindelfingen factory coachwork was attractive. Apart from a power increase to 106bhp in 1957, the 220S changed little in the course of its comparatively short life, production ceasing in October 1959. Fewer than 3,500 Coup�s and Cabriolets were built in that time and today these elegant and exclusive limited edition models are highly prized.

On close inspection this Mercedes 220S Coupe appears to be a highly original example, its paint plaque confirms that it is still finished in its original color scheme of black (DB40), and similarly the interior appears to be the original leather and is piped in white, with fawn carpets and a white steering wheel. The dash is in good order and also seems to be original and correct, complete with all period features, save for a modern stereo, although a period Becker item is stowed in the trunk and is presumed to be the original removed, or a correct replacement piece. A left drive, miles odometer example, suggests that the car was an original U.S. supply. In our opinion its reading of approximately 31,200 miles, in view of the overall presentation of the car, may well be from new, but we suggest potential buyers draw their own conclusions on this aspect. Stowed in the truck also is a jack, tool roll and the vinyl handbook holder together with a service guide, however no other information pertaining to the car's history is known.

As with other cars in this group the Mercedes was running at the time of its photography, but it has been unused for a number of years and Bonhams recommends full re-commissioning prior to road use.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Westport, CT
TypeCar
Lot Number369
Estimate$20000-$30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$27500
Hammer Price (inc premium)$32175
Year1959
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number118037 Z 9500715
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