<B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536
Lot 10
Restored in Germany to exacting specifications
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 CABRIOLET A
Sold for US$ 176,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
<B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536 <B>1953 Mercedes-Benz  220 CABRIOLET A</B><br />Chassis no. 187 012 03 412<br />Engine no. 180 920 03 536
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 CABRIOLET A
Chassis no. 187 012 03 412
Engine no. 180 920 03 536

2,195CC SOHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU HS6 Sidedraft Carburetors
86HP at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Restored in Germany to exacting specifications
*Highly sought after cabriolet A model
*Stunning and desirable livery
*Fully documented, numbers matching example
*Offered with an extensive list of accompaniments including a complete set of luggage


THE MERCEDES-BENZ 220

Mercedes-Benz introduced the 220 Sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show April 1951. The successor to the 170 S, it contained a number of updates, the primary of which being a streamlining of the headlight fitment. They were now faired into the fenders with chrome trim atop. The most significant change in the car, however, was under the bonnet, where a new 2.2-liter six-cylinder engine replaced the earlier four-cylinder engine used in the 170 S. Horsepower made a significant increase from 52 to 80, transforming the car into the autobahn cruiser that Mercedes-Benz had intended. The Motor magazine found that the new Mercedes-Benz offered "unique sensations by combining a smooth and comfortable suspension on degraded roads with a light and precise steering, a behavior without roll and an ability to be part of a trajectory that would do honor to a race car".

The 220 lineup included a stylish cabriolet that was produced from the beginning of the run to August of 1955 - a total of 2,360 cabriolets were built over a five-year run. More than 16,000 Mercedes-Benz 220s were sedans, but more discerning buyers also had the option of ordering a two-three seat Cabriolet A or a full four-seat Cabriolet B. Just 1,278 people opted for the "A" version which commanded a 70 percent premium over saloon models, this understandably kept production numbers to a minimum. The Cabriolet A is a two-passenger convertible distinguished from the Cabriolet B by having a rear jump seat and a single side window compared to the four-passenger B. Cabriolet As also include a leather-covered dash top in veneered wood and bound Wilton carpet covering a large portion of lower interior.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This highly sought after cabriolet A was delivered new to the United States on September 30th, 1953. The car was ordered in the stunning combination of Hellblau, DB Code 353, over a leder rot, DB Code 1079, interior. The car was highly optioned with items such a Becker Monaco radio, passenger side head rest, heater, secondary engine fan, and a grey convertible top. In 2005, the car was sent back to Germany where it would undergo a multi-year nut and bolt restoration. During the restoration, every inch of the car was restored to the highest of standards. The entire car was stripped and brought down to bare metal, all of the trim was re-chromed, and the interior was redone using all of the proper materials. The numbers matching engine was fully rebuilt with new pistons, bearings, and seals, as was the transmission, steering box, and the rear end. A new stainless steel exhaust system was also fitted at this time. In total, over 2,000 hours were spent making this cabriolet A one of the finest in existence. The entire restoration process is fully documented with hundreds of photos detailing the extensive build. When the restoration was completed in early 2012, the car was brought back to the US where it has lived in the Colorado mountains, only making trips out on sunny weekends.

Today, the metallic paint exhibits a deep shine, and the brightwork is in fantastic shape. The red leather interior is in exceptional condition, showing no signs of wear. The engine bay and undercarriage are equally as clean. This as-new cabriolet A comes complete with fitted luggage, tool roll, owner's manual, an extremely rare hardtop, and an extensive history file which includes photo documentation of the restoration. Having seen limited use since its restoration the car makes an excellent candidate for the country's most prestigious concours events.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis and engine numbers for this vehicle are 1870120341253 and 1809200353653 respectively. Also note, this vehicle is without its tool roll and is equipped with a single carburetor.
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