Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet 1957
Chassis no. 180030N-7511225
* Believed displayed at the 1957 Turin Salone del Automobile
* Delivered new to Italy
* Full matching numbers: chassis, engine, gearbox, axles, steering box
* Restored in the late 1990s
* Original colour combination
The 220 S saloon debuted at the 1956 Frankfurt Auto Show alongside the 190 and 219. Like the contemporary 180, the new trio featured unitary construction 'ponton' 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 220 S was good for a top speed of around 100mph. A shorter wheelbase was adopted for the Cabriolet A model that appeared in May 1956, and also for the Coupé 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 220 S changed little in the course of its comparatively short life, production ceasing in October 1959. Fewer than 3,500 Cabriolets and Coupés were built in that time and today these exclusive limited edition models are highly prized.
According to the Mercedes-Benz Datenkarte (copy on file), this stunning 220 S Cabriolet left the factory on 14th October 1957 and was originally finished in the most attractive colour combination of anthrazitgrau (anthracite grey) metallic with red leather interior. The Datenkarte lists 'Turin/Show' as the destination, and it is very likely that this very car was exhibited at the 39th Salone del Automobile in Turin, which ran from 30th October to 11th November 1957. The following extras are listed: Becker radio with Hirschmann aerial; ivory coloured steering wheel; screen wash equipment; and whitewall tyres. It is worthwhile noting that this car is not only still in its original colour combination, but also retains full matching numbers as far as the chassis, engine, gearbox, axles, and steering box are concerned.
It is believed that the car remained with its first Rome-based private owner for some 40 years until 1996 when it was sold to the main Mercedes-Benz agent for Rome, Autostar SpA. It is believed that shortly after its purchase of the car, Autostar either executed or commissioned a comprehensive restoration, maintaining the original specification and colour combination. After the takeover of Autostar by Daimler-Chrysler in 2004, the car was sold to the current owner - a lifelong Mercedes-Benz enthusiast - sharing its garage with, among others, a 300 SL Roadster.
Presented in beautiful condition, this desirable Mercedes-Benz soft-top is offered with Italian registration documents, ASI Certificate, FIVA Identity Card, and the aforementioned Datenkarte copy.
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