<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53

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Lot 204
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A

Sold for US$ 224,000 inc. premium
1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
Chassis no. 187012.03483/53
Engine no. 180920.03615/53

2,195cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Twin-choke Carburetor
86bhp at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Exceptional nut and bolt restoration performed, totaling over $400,000
*Well-documented history since new
*Class Award Winner at the 2018 Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance,
*Offered with Original Karl Baisch luggage, Becker Monaco Radio and comprehensive history file


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. 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".

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 desirable 220 Cabriolet A was first shipped to the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Zurich, Switzerland on November 2nd, 1953 as noted on the factory build sheet accompanying the car. The 220 was purchased new by Rene Hummel, Montagne 8, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on May 5, 1954. It remained in Hummel's ownership until it was sold to Herr R. Dahler of Burgdorf, Switzerland on August 16th, 1973, and then 3 years later sold to Robert Leveque of Charlottesville, Virginia. Upon his passing, the car would be sold from the Leveque family to the consignor in August 2005.

After 10 years of ownership, the consignor brought this 220 Cabriolet A to pre-war and vintage Mercedes-Benz specialists Magno Restorations of Ward Hill, Massachusetts to be restored in 2015. The extensive restoration work performed included disassembly and refitting/refinishing of the body, doors and fenders, installation of new structural wood in the body, replacement of sheet metal where necessary, refinishing all sheet-metal bodywork, a new wiring harness, brake system rebuilding, restoration of the leather upholstery, making leather-bound wool carpeting, making and installing new soft-top and headliner, re-chroming, and refinishing the original chassis and suspension parts. The paint, leather and top have been restored to the original colors, featuring the lovely DB 157 Grey Beige exterior color, which appears a subtle pale green when bathed in full sunlight. A new headliner, top pad and top was installed, also in original colors, and all interior leather was done in the original 653 Green.

The original engine has been re-tuned and serviced as needed, while other mechanical systems such as the transmission, rear axle, central-lubrication system and dashboard instruments were serviced or restored to further compliment the high standards required by the owner. A further, more detailed description of the work completed is available in the history file along with receipts for all work completed during the restoration. Restoration receipts for the work done by Henry Magno in concert with the owner's desire for a fine finished product exceeded $400,000.

The chassis, engine and body numbers of the car all match the factory build sheet, and the original tags have been retained on the car as further testament to the authenticity. Period correct accessories include burled walnut trim, reconditioned Becker Monaco radio and speaker, Karl Baisch luggage, tools and tool roll, an original and very rare wooden spare parts box made specifically for 220's, and the correct under-hood plug-in drop light.
Today, this exceptional Mercedes-Benz classic is in a wonderful and fresh restored condition throughout. Cosmetically, the detailed finish of the paint, chrome and fits compliment a beautifully correct and authentically crafted leather and burl walnut interior. The engine bay and undercarriage are cosmetically restored and refinished to concours event standards.

The one and only time this 220 was been shown publicly was at The Inaugural Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance, in May of 2018, where it received the top honors in the post WW-2 production car class. This exceptional Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A is ready for show fields around the world, or driving enjoyment, and must be among the finest restored examples available anywhere.
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<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
<b>1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A</b><br />Chassis no. 187012.03483/53<br />Engine no. 180920.03615/53
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