1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Lot 597
1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A Chassis no. 4500485
Sold for €100,050 (US$ 128,984) inc. premium

Lot Details
1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis no. 4500485
Introduite au Salon de Francfort d'avril 1951, la 220 était en réalité une cousine à six cylindres de la 170 S à quatre cylindres dont elle reprenait le châssis de 2 845 mm d'empattement et les quatre roues indépendantes. Mais malgré sa similitude avec la 170 S, la 220 se caractérisait par son style modernisé avec des projecteurs intégrés dans les ailes.

Avec 80 ch délivrés par un moteur à arbre à cames en tête, la berline 220 était capable de rouler à 140 km/h – comme le Cabriolet B – tandis que le Cabriolet A atteignait 145. Dans la meilleure tradition Mercedes, ces deux luxueux modèles décapotables bénéficiaient d'un équipement exceptionnel. Le total cumulé des cabriolets A et B produits ne s'éleva qu'à 2 360 unités en cinq ans et de nos jours, ces voitures sont aussi rares que recherchées.

Ce Cabriolet A exclusif, produit en quantité limitée, n'a eu que deux propriétaires depuis sa restauration en 2006, la carrosserie ayant été totalement restaurée en Pologne et la mécanique en Allemagne. Présentée dans un état exceptionnellement bon, la voiture est accompagnée de son lot de bord et offerte avec des instructions pour la mise en marche, un contrôle technique (valable jusqu'en 2014) et ses documents d'immatriculation en Allemagne.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis no. 4500485

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.

Saleroom notices

  • No technical inspections. No starting instructions. No tool kit.
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