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Lot 598: Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupé

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Along with the 190 and 219, the 220S saloon debuted at the 1956 Frankfurt Auto Show. Like the contemporary 180, the new trio featured unitary construction bodyshells, independent suspension all round and drum brakes. Powered by an up-rated (100bhp) version of the 219's 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 Coupe introduced the following year when the Hydrak semi-automatic transmission also become available as an option. 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. Priced at DM21,500, the 220S was one of the most expensive, and exclusive, models in the Mercedes-Benz range. Only 1,251 220S coupés were made between 1956 and 1959 compared with 2,178 cabriolets. This 220S coupé was driven and cared for over many years by its proud first owner, whose widow continued to use the car after his death. Together they drove the car approximately 75,000 kilometres (46,500 miles). After the owner's wife's death in 2001, the car was stored by Mercedes-Benz while its fate was decided. Louis Pint, a long-time Mercedes-Benz employee, looked after the 220S and was able to purchase it once the lengthy legal proceedings concerning its inheritance had been concluded. In June 2005 the car was displayed at the premises of the Mercedes-Benz Club in the heart of Brussels. It was there that the current owner fell in love with this 220S coupé, of which only 14 are believed to exist in good order, and purchased it from Louis Pint. Since acquisition the car has been used sparingly and currently displays a total of approximately 81,100 kilometres (50,400 miles) on the odometer. Serviced annually by a retired Mercedes-Benz mechanic, the car is described as in very good condition, both mechanically and bodily, and is said to need only a few very minor improvements to bring it back in showroom condition. With few owners and relatively little used, this rare 220S coupe represents a wonderful opportunity for the discerning collector to own one of these graceful, limited-edition Mercedes-Benz models of the classic era. The car is offered with technical inspection and Belgian Carte Grise.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number598
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€45000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€51750
Year1957
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Chassis number7511652
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