<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423

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Lot 181
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet

Sold for US$ 81,400 inc. premium
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet
Chassis no. 8512711
Engine no. 180-924-8509423

2,195cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder
Twin Solex Carburetor
120bhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front and Swing-Axle Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Only three owners from new
*Originally delivered to Rodman Rockefeller
*Attractive and rare cabriolet variant
*Beautifully preserved, well-maintained example


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Finished in Light Blue over Cream with white leather upholstery and a tan cloth top this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet was ordered new in Germany by Rodman C. Rockefeller, the eldest son of Nelson A. Rockefeller. Having just graduated from Columbia's Graduate School of Business in 1957, Rodman's new Benz no doubt was an elegant way to get from the vast Pocantico Hills estate the Rockefeller's owned to his office where he worked to spur trade with Latin America.

Rodman would retain the Mercedes for eight years before selling it to George Strong on May 6, 1966. Strong, a resident of Locust, New Jersey, would drive the car very sparingly—never in the winter—and keep it meticulously maintained. George would retain the car over 40 years before gifting it to his son in 2011.

Always garaged and loved, it is a car that has never had or needed a restoration, never been disassembled or messed with, just carefully and consistently kept up with its needs met as they occurred. It runs and drives well and will turn heads wherever it goes. To date, only the top has been replaced by Robbins Auto Top Company, the bottom undercoated by Ziebart, and a newer electric fuel pump installed for easier starting. It should be noted that some minor paint and body work was done on the rear quarter as a result of a small parking lot incident.

Equipped with a column-shift four-speed manual transmission, hubcaps, radial tires with narrow whitewalls, and driving lights. The interior is extremely well preserved and is attractively set off by exceptionally attractive and unusually-figured wood moldings and trim.

Beyond its lovingly preserved condition, this droptop Benz is complete with the original copies of Rockefeller's New York Title, George Strong's New Jersey title, its original service booklet stamped by Daimler-Benz, its original owner's handbook, Rodman Rockefeller's service book, a list of service stations in Europe with a map—from when the car was first delivered to Rodman in Germany, and copies of its original buildsheets from Mercedes-Benz. Examples like this - particularly desirable models and body styles like the 220S Cabriolet - are increasingly hard to find and make stylish, reliable open-topped entries for tours and rallies.
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<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
<b>1958 Mercedes-Benz  220S Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 8512711<br />Engine no. 180-924-8509423
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