1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S "Ponton" Cabriolet (W180)145.000 EUR - Offers Invited

Production limited to 3429 units

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Reference Number 610918

as of 1/9/2021

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 Phone    City  Viseu
 Fax    State  
 Mobile    Country  Portugal Portugal
Overview
Car 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S "Ponton" Cabriolet (W180)
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Beige 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 120.000 km 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

[History]

 

“The 220S debuted at Frankfurt in 1956 as the top of a new line of cars. It used the company’s envelope-style “ponton” body and shared a strong family resemblance to the sporty 190SL and mighty 300SL. Unlike those specialty two-seaters, however, the 220S was hand-built to carry passengers in luxury on a daily basis.

 

This highline model added new features from its type W180 predecessors, including a twin Solex carbureted, 2,195-cubic centimeter straight-six producing “more power than you need.” As of August 1957, that was 120 horsepower SAE for U.S.-spec models, with 8.7:1 compression. Additionally, Don Davis’ lovely Cabriolet was optioned with a Fichtel and Sachs Hydrak transmission, which also became available that August. This system retained a four-speed transmission but eliminated a clutch, using a vacuum servo and torque converter instead.

 

Mercedes built just 1,066 Cabriolets in 1957, accounting for only 6.5 percent of production. This Cabriolet was coachbuilt to impeccable standards and cost 75% more than a comparable 220S Sedan, so befitting its station, it has trim and rear lamps that echo the 300 series, as well as unique sheet metal that looks good with the fully collapsible roof either up or down.

 

As appealing as this Mercedes-Benz is mechanically, it is the complete package of styling, drivetrain, and interior fitments, which makes the 220S the standard by which all other six-cylinder European cars of the fifties are judged. As long as people continue to have the need to cover long distances in style, speed, and comfort, a 220S Cabriolet will have a home.” Courtesy of RM Auctions

 

[This car]

 

This 220S is an originally Portuguese vehicle. This is a very rare Mercedes-Benz since the production was limited to 3429 units. The car is in great condition and is extremely well looked after by its passionate owner.