Lot 597: Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in April 1951, the 220 was in effect a six-cylinder cousin to the four-cylinder 170S and was built on the same 2,845mm wheelbase, independently suspended chassis. Although closely based on the 170S, the 220 featured more modern styling featuring headlamps integrated into the wings. With 80bhp on tap courtesy of its 2.2-litre, overhead-camshaft engine, the 220 saloon was good for a top speed of around 140km/h (87mph) - as was the Cabriolet B - with 145km/h (90mph) attainable by the drophead coupé-style Cabriolet A. In the best Mercedes-Benz tradition, both of these luxurious convertible models were exceptionally well equipped. The combined total of Cabriolet A and B production amounted to only 2,360 in five years and today these models are both rare and highly sought after. This exclusive, limited edition Cabriolet A has had only two owners since restoration in 2006, the bodywork having being restored in Poland and the mechanicals rebuilt in Germany. Presented in commensurately good condition, the car comes complete with tool kit and is offered with starting instructions, technical inspection (valid until 2014) and German registration papers.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€100050|
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