Lot 263: Mercedes-Benz 220 A Cabriolet
The Mercedes 220 series of the Fifties has the stately elegance and engineering integrity so beloved of this company from Stuttgart. The Cabriolet, the most attractive, rarest and most valuable of the series, epitomises luxurious open air continental touring on a grand scale. The Frankfurt Motor Show in the Spring of 1951 saw the return of Mercedes-Benz to their traditional place in the high quality market with the introduction of the 220 series. Similar to current models, the cars featured six cylinder single overhead camshaft engines, which produced 80bhp at a relaxed 4,600rpm, giving an impressive 90mph top speed. Roadworthiness was described by The Motor at the time as outstanding; all independent suspension giving a remarkably level ride on poor secondary roads, yet with good high speed cornering and precise steering. This superbly restored Mercedes has spent all of its life in Germany, where it was delivered to from the factory in December 1951. Its 60 year old log book is still available and valid, showing 4 owners until 1962, since when the car was off the road in long-term ownership. A total nut and bolt restoration to the highest standard was carried out from the mid 1990s to 2002, thereafter the car was still deemed too good to be used on the road. To substantiate the restoration, invoices for over ¬125,000 are available in the car's file. As expected we are informed by the vendor that the car is on the button and drives perfectly. It is said to have completed a mere 300kms (on trade number plates) since having been completed. Finished in black with red leather interior, this 220 A Cabriolet is still in the same configuration as it left the factory 60 years ago and probably as good, if not better, than new. If you are serious collector who wants the best, then this is it.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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