1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series Convertible Sedan / 187.012.3503759 Chassis Information

1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 187.012.3503759
Sold for $156,800 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
The first truly new model designed by Daimler after World War II was the W187-chassis Mercedes-Benz 220. Produced from 1951 through 1955, a total of 1,278 examples were built.

This particular example is a Cabriolet A painted in pearl grey with blue upholstery and equipped from the factory with the optional Telefunken multiband radio with pushbutton station selection and antenna. It was put on display by Mercedes-Benz at the Turin Auto Show in 1953.

The car was subsequently acquired by Italian movie star Alberto Sordi. Sordi then sold it in Italy to American actor James Mitchum, who brought it back to California with him. Robert Hopkins of Visalia, California, purchased the car from Mitchum in California sometime before 1986 and drove it for at least eight years before putting it in storage around 1994 or 1995. By 1998, it was back on the road.

In 2006, Mr. Hopkins invested in mechanical and cosmetic repairs to the car, including a period-correct light blue exterior paint scheme. The car was eventually sold to Lex Classics, a historic car dealership in the Netherlands. Lex Classics had the car completely restored by Jürgen Schoenmakers in Oss, Netherlands, before selling it to the current owner.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019


2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$140,000-$180,000 
Sale Price :
$156,800

2019 1
2018 2
2017 2
2016 2
2014 1
2010 3
2005 2

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 187012.03483/53
Sold for $224,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 187.012.3503759
Sold for $156,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series image  
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 CABRIOLET A
Chassis#: 187 012 03 412
Sold for $176,000
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 1870121034652
Sold for $103,473
  2017 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Sedan
Chassis#: 187.011.02234/53
Sold for $82,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 CABRIOLET A
Chassis#: 187.012-02134/53
Sold for $117,606
  2016 Bonhams - The Mercedes-Benz Sale
 
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 SEDAN
Chassis#: 187011.02234/53
Sold for $66,000
  2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
 
1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 18701201214
Sold for $117,500
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 220/187012 - 02134/53
Sold for $70,200
  2010 FAIRFIELD COUNTY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTORS' MOTORCARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet
Sold for $78,100
  2010 RM Auctions - Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 1870120034553
Sold for $143,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet
Chassis#: 18701209665
Sold for $96,800
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Sedan
Sold for $17,120
  2005 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$50,000  

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