Lot 133: Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet
105 hp, 2,200 cc single overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine with twin Solex downdraft carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, swing rear axle and coil springs, and servo-assist four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,700 mm In early Mercedes-Benz history, the S-Class designation was used colloquially, typically referring to the largest and most spacious luxury vehicle in the company's line up. In some cases, it also applied to vehicles that required premium fuel due to the higher compression ratio and output of the company's top-of-the-line engines. The Mercedes-Benz W128 six-cylinder automobile was available in saloon, coupé, or cabriolet body styles, with production starting in 1954. Its main model, the 220 S, was the last of the Ponton series, which had design roots and styling cues beginning in 1953 with the Mercedes-Benz 180 Saloon. The 220 S featured a unitised body/frame construction and fully independent suspension. Nearly every interior surface of the coupé and cabriolet was covered in leather or wood, and matching leather luggage was available. Offered here is a beautiful, later, dual-carburettor 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet; this version produces 105 horsepower, which is an improvement over the 99 produced by the earlier version. This convertible has been treated to a proper restoration some time ago and continues to reflect the quality of craftsmanship. It is adorned in a seldom-seen dark forest green and has a tan interior, which consists of traditional full leather seating surfaces and panels. The paint and cloth top are both in very good condition, as is the exterior brightwork. Likewise, all of the instrumentation is in excellent original condition, whils the high-quality mahogany appears to have been carefully refinished. It is equipped with its original Becker multi-band radio, factory clock, and many other Mercedes-Benz accessories, including a tonneau cover. This stylish and lovingly maintained Cabriolet is a testament not only to the quality of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, but also to the care and pride that the great car builders in Germany took in building each and every car. It was the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz for 1957, and it was a lovely touring car then just as much as it is today. This 220 S should make a welcome addition to any quality collection.
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