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Lot 461: Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe

Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, Bonhams (3 June 2012)

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 Coupé introduced the following year. 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 Coupés and Cabriolets were built in that time and today these elegant and exclusive limited edition models are highly prized. This Mercedes 220S Coupe has recently emerged from an estate in Florida and is ostensibly a very original example. It appears to be in its original scheme of black which corresponds well with the plethora of chrome trim pieces on these cars. While, the interior wears the original terracotta red leather with matched red carpets and a white steering wheel. The dash is in good order and also seems to be original and correct, complete with period features including its radio and clock. A left drive, kilometers odometer example, this suggests that the car was an original European supply.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Greenwich, Connecticut
Lot Number461
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$30000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$35100
Condition rating3
Registration number
Chassis number180037 N 8506416
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2