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1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S news, pictures, specifications, and information
Convertible
Chassis Num: A180030 8500680
 
Sold for $51,750 at 2007 Worldwide Auctioneers.
This 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $75,000. It was offered without reserve. It is powered by a 2.2-liter six-cylinder engine capable of producing 125 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and servo assisted drum brakes on all four-wheels.

The 220S Mercedes-Benz model was available in either Saloon, Coupe, or convertible configuration. The interior featured leather seats and exotic material used throughout the vehicle, such as the mahogany wood trim.

The 'S-Class' designation of Mercedes-Benz, during its early history, usually represented the largest and most spacious luxury vehicle in the marque's lineup. In other cases, the 'S-Class' represented that the vehicle required premium fuel due to the higher compression ratio and high output engines.

Beginning the mid-1950s, the 220S (W128) was produced in limited numbers, with production continuing until October of 1959. A total of 3,429 units were created during that time with 2178 being convertibles.

The 220S featured a unitized body and frame with a fully independent suspension setup. All models were given the 2.2-liter version of the straight six engine with aluminum heads, overhead camshaft, and Bosch mechanical fuel injection. The column mounted four-speed manual gearbox was available with an automatic clutch.

This example was factory equipped with the Becker multi-band radio, clock, and many other Mercedes-Benz accessories. The estimated value proved to be accurate at auction, as this vehicle was sold for $51,750.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Convertible
Chassis Num: 180030.10.9509792
Engine Num: 180924.10.9506191
 
Sold for $92,400 at 2012 Gooding & Company.
The Ponton series of Mercedes-Benz, introduced in 1953, is considered the first truly modern Mercedes-Benz built in the post-war era. The 220 was priced well below the 300 Series and benefitted from the same quality workmanship, engineering and design. The 220 was outfitted with hand-fitted woodwork and fashionable styling, and - unlike its 300 Series sibling - was priced to accommodate a wider clientele.

This 220 S Cabriolet was originally finished in the combination of Cream (DB 629) with a red leather interior. It is well equipped with the optional Becker Europa radio, Continental whitewall tires and special equipment for US delivery. On July 9, 1959, the completed Cabriolet was shipped to Indianapolis, presumably destined for Studebaker Packard in South Bend, the factory's official US distribution agent at the time.

Ted Nugent of Holland, Michigan acquired the 220 S in the mid-1970s. About a decade later, a restoration began to return the car to its original splendor. The work was completed in the early 1990s and then was taken to a number of local shows. It was shown at the Mercedes-Benz Club gatherings and earned a First Place at the 1994 Downtown Discovery Days show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The car is powered by a 2195cc single overhead cam, six-cylinder engine breathing through twin Solex carburetors. The engine delivers 115 horsepower and is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox.

In 2012, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was estimated to sell for $130,000 - $160,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $92,400 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Convertible
Chassis Num: 9500435
 
This Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet is currently in the care of a very important German collection specializing only in Mercedes-Benz. It was added to the collection in the mid-2000s, having been acquired from a prominent German classic car dealership, and was subsequently used on classic car rallies and for shows. It is finished in black with red leather interior.

In 2012, the 'Ponton' Cabriolet was offered for sale at Coys 'Legende et Passion' Monaco sale where it was estimated to sell for €75.000 - €85.000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012
Convertible
Chassis Num: 9500275
Engine Num: 180-9242-8505399
 
Sold for $115,000 at 2013 Bonhams.
There Mercedes-Benz 220 was an economically important model for the company, comprising the vast majority of cars built, particular for export, in the mid- and late-1950s. The Mercedes-Benz Model 220 was introduced in 1951 and came fitted with an 80 horsepower, single overhead camshaft six.

The commercial success of the Mercedes-Benz 220 saw a new body introduced at the 1956 Frankfurt Show, nicknamed the 'Ponton.' The design featured a slight hint of separate rear fenders with full-envelope bodywork which was thoroughly modern yet still retaining its Stuttgart heritage. In the front was a fully independent suspension with single joint rear swing axle.

The 2.2 liter single overhead camshaft six-cylinder M180 engine, found in the Mercedes-Benz 220S, featured dual carburetion and a higher compression ratio. It was introduced in 1956 and y 1959 power had risen to 120 horsepower. For 1959, just 2178 examples of the 220S Cabriolet versions were built. This particular example is finished in light blue with white leather upholstery and a tan cloth top. It is completely original except for a repaint.

The car is equipped with a column-shift four-speed manual transmission, hubcaps, radial tires with narrow whitewalls, a Becker Mexico radio and driving lights.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at the Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $115,000 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
The Mercedes-Benz 220SE was introduced in 1958 and remained in production until 1959 with a total of 1974 examples being produced. 1112 of those were cabriolets. The 'SE' was considered an upgraded version of the 220 and offered in coupe, sedan and cabriolet body styles.

The 220SE were built with high attention to detail, almost mimicking the 330SC. They came equipped with polished wooden dashboards and door cappings, leather upholstery, and chrome trim. Under the hood was a 2.2-liter engine that produced nearly 135 horsepower and could carry the 220SE to speeds of 100 mph. The use of Bosch fuel-injection meant the increase in power while a reduction in fuel consumption.

A cabriolet, also known as a 'Ponton Series', cost just under $9,000 when new. These were among the first of the postwar, modern, Mercedes-Benz designs. Their styling retained the traditional Mercedes-Benz touches while adapting a modern style that appealed to a wider generation.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
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