Lot 224 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||2,096 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £57,000|
Designated internally as the W180/128, the automotive world dubbed the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S and its other year models as "Pontons" due to their resemblance to a pontoon or bridge spanning the engine bay. Offering more style and options than the typical saloons of the day, the 1957 Mercedes 220S Coupés and Cabriolets offered a wealth of options including fitted luggage, whitewall tires, a front bench seat and popular two-tone paint. These were also some of the last Mercedes-Benz that offered a manual transmission. While the larger 300 series autos were more glamorous and exclusive, the 220S was very luxurious for its day. The cars basked in the reflected glory of Mercedes-Benz's legendary return to Grand Prix racing in 1954 (Fangio won back-to-back World Championships) and it's winning of the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. The kudos which surrounded the model range cannot be understated especially since Mercedes-Benz insisted on direct correlations between its road cars and competition cars. It was a decision which paid off as Mercedes-Benz has become an extraordinarily successful company on the back of matchless engineering and build quality. The 220S is part of that tradition and remains one of the most desirable motorcars of its day.
At the top of the range was the S Cabriolet, a stylish and graceful tourer, of which this is a fine and particular rare example. It was first registered on 15th July 1957 in the UK and is one of only 20 produced in righthand drive; it is believed to be one of only eight that remain. In low ownership, the car was purchased on 22nd May 1973 for £500 by its long term owner based in Yorkshire who kept the car until 2015; some 42 years. Throughout its ownership, the car has been cherished and is supplied with the bill of sale from 1973 along with its original instruction manual and sales brochure, various bills and receipts from specialists such as Werner Karasch and Company, a UK V5 document and a copy of the build sheets.
In the last few years, 167 EVJ has been the subject of considerable expenditure which has included a full re-trim of the interior and a new, fully lined, mohair soft top as well as the bodywork completely repainted. Unusually rare and with recent expenditure breathing new life into the car, this fine cabriolet reflects in abundance the glamour and chic of the 1950s.
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