Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A

Ein Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A in besonders stilvoller Farbkombination - von dem Cabriolet A wurden insgesamt nur 1278 Exemplare gebaut.

Our ID 1235
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model 220 Cabriolet A
Produced 1951-1955
Year 1952
Steering Left Hand Drive
Exterior Maron
Interior Leder Beige
Engine 6-Cylinder in line
Capacity 2.195 cc
Power 59kW/80hp
Extras White wall types, tuner, additional headlights, luggage set

...or what was it actually like in those days?

As Germany still lay in ruins in 1947, the management of Daimler-Benz AG was already working on the planning of luxury, prestige and sports vehicles according to its old tradition. And so, just a few years later, the post-war era of Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder engines began. In April 1951, the new 220 and, as a sign of its new-found self-confidence, the new Mercedes-Benz 300 prestige and stately saloon, later called „Adenauer“, were presented at the IAA. 

In terms of chassis and body, the 220 matched the 170 S right down to the headlights integrated into the wings, and yet it had a completely newly developed six-cylinder engine under its bonnet, which, with its short-stroke and overhead camshaft plus 80 bhp of power, was an exceedingly modern construction. The engine had a very long life and was, countlessly modified, built for almost four decades. 

The 220, presented just two years after the market launch of the 170 S, was also justified by the fact that the Opel Kapitän, with its six-cylinder engine, had already been on offer in Germany since 1948. Naturally, nobody in Untertürkheim wanted to leave this market segment to the competitors from Rüsselsheim, which was achieved thanks to a generally very positive reception in the trade press and from the company‘s customers. The new 220 was convincing with good road performance and correspondingly good handling and thereby associated itself to the traditionally high quality features of the brand. 

The new luxury class model still shows the classic design features of the 1930s and was offered as a four-door saloon, two-seater Cabriolet A with two windows, four-seater Cabriolet B with four windows and, for the first time after the war, with a small run as a two-seater Coupe. 

A car such as the Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B remained an unreachable dream for the majority of people, yet such a car also meant a clear commitment to and a signal of the direction of an economic recovery, which would consequently go down in history as the economic miracle. 

In the end, 997 of the 220 B Cabriolet were built over five production years in the best manufacturing design, largely by hand, and this meant the definitive end of a design age spanning many years. For in 1954, the new era of the self-supporting pontoon body began with the 180 and 220 S, therefore ending the „chassis“. The 220 Cabriolet B can be considered as the forerunner to today‘s E-Class Cabriolet and, with its space, offers families the opportunity to experience stylish, open driving in one of the few remaining vehicles from the post-war era.

...or how did it fare over the years?

The vehicle was delivered to its first owner via the company Schultz in Hamburg Altona/Germany in 1952. First registration was at 21/08/1952 in Hamburg/Germany. The German registration documents with three owners from 1952 to 1972 are available. In 2016 the car has been subject to a total restoration at the highest level.

...or how it really is. Original, given a facelift or fully restored?

The cabriolet A was recently fully restored. Technically and visually the vehicle presents itself in immacu-lately good condition. The vehicle has proper clearances, is superb visually and everything works properly mechanically. The car still has got its original engine from first delivery and the restoration was performed according to colour specifications of the Mercedes -Benz data card.

...or what is it like to drive?

A 220 A Cabriolet gives its owner, driver and passengers an inimitable feeling of serenity and calm, safe in the knowledge that it can be relied upon as a quality product. One could say it is typical Mercedes- a symbol of German craftsmanship! Trips with the top down are a sensory ex-perience and you have security in the knowledge that you have made a very stable investment. A Mercedes from the 50s in its best form- a 2-door, 2-seat convertible. lt speaks both emotion and reason alike.