Lot 320 - 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet

Lot 320 - 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet

Lot 320 - 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton Cabriolet

Lot Number 320
Registration VGF999
Chassis Number 7509961
Engine Number 7509344
Odometer reading 1,750 miles
Estimate £63,000 - £68,000
Result Sold - £66,000

The Mercedes-Benz 220A was succeeded in March 1956 by the 220S saloon which was externally almost identical but had an upgraded version of the six cylinder, 2195cc engine giving 99hp which was later increased to 106hp due to the use of twin carburettors. The 220S saloon was one of a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells employing large, box-section side-members - hence the term 'Ponton' - the others being the 190 and 219. All-round coil-sprung independent suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range and the newcomers benefitted from the newly developed single-pivot rear swing axle. Short-wheelbase Coupé and Cabriolet versions of the 220S soon followed. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed Gran Turismos were priced some 70% above the 220S saloon. In 1958 the 220 range was updated with a fuel-injected version of the 2.2-litre overhead-camshaft six, becoming the 220SE. By the time production of the 220S ceased in October 1959, it is believed that only twenty righthand drive cabriolet cars had been manufactured and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped Grand Tourers are very highly sought after.

This very rare righthand drive, matching numbers 220S Ponton Cabriolet was delivered new in March 1958 in Norfolk before going to the second owner in Hertfordshire a couple of years later. The third owner kept the car until 1966 having the car regularly serviced in London as seen in the original service books. The vendor purchased this car in 1988 requiring restoration which was completed in the mid 1990's and he has cherished this fine example ever since, carrying out any further work as and when required. Two years ago he had the car stripped and repainted again and recently the front brake wheel cylinders have been replaced and the starter motor overhauled. It comes supplied with a V5C registration document, the buff log book, an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2013, the original handbook, the original service books, original sales brochures, old MoT test certificates and a photograph album containing pictures of the restoration from the early 1990's. Desirable classic cabriolets such as these have seen their prices rise dramatically in recent years and this very rare Mercedes-Benz motor car is sure to attract a great deal of attention.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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