Produced between 1951 and 1955, the W187 came in three body types: a sedan, coupe or cabriolet. Mercedes offered two models of open cars called cabriolet A and cabriolet B. They varied in passenger capacity and in profile and number of side windows.
The A is a two-window, four passenger model, while the slightly larger B a four-window, four- or five-passenger car. Mercedes-Benz produced 18,514 W187s before the model was changed in 1955, with just 1,278 of these dashing and stylish cabriolet A, making this vehicle quite rare today.
The car features a 2.2-liter, 6-cylinder gasoline engine making 80 horsepower at 4600 RPM, capable of reaching 90 mph. It has a four-speed manual transmission, timing adjustable from the dashboard, and a pedal operated central lubrication system. With a heavy steel and wood frame, this 220 weighs a substantial 3,124 pounds. The sleek styling of the Cabriolet A includes chrome bumpers, two small independently mounted headlamps, a large crisply angled grille for airflow, and two larger integral headlamps.
The W187 was based upon the pre-war 170 series, and still required much handwork on the body, assembly and wooden frame. Higher volume models in the Mercedes line were converting to all-steel production by this time.
This particular car has been in the owner's family for nearly 40 years and underwent a complete restoration in 2004. Much sheet metal was replaced; parts of the ash frame required rebuilding with imported German wood and all of the chrome was renewed. Many rubber bushings and metal fasteners, long unavailable, were custom made for this restoration. The result is a wonderfully restored period driver and an elegant show.Also photographed at :