1957 MERCEDES BENZ 220 S 'PONTON' CABRIOLET A - BONHAMS MERCEDES SALE STUTTGART
UNDER THE HAMMER
MERCEDES BENZ SALE
SATURDAY 19th MARCH 2016
Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart
1957 MERCEDES BENZ 220 S 'PONTON' CABRIOLET A
Chassis Number: 180.030.7505670
Desirable carburettor version
-Striking colour combination -EU registered
The 220 S saloon debuted in its new 'Ponton' form in 1956. Featuring unitary construction of the chassis/body, all-round independent suspension and drum brakes, it was powered by a 2,195cc overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine developing 100bhp and was good for a top speed of around 160km/h. A shorter wheelbase was adopted for the Cabriolet and Coupé models. Apart from a power increase to 106bhp in 1957, the 220 S changed little in the course of its comparatively short life, production ceasing in October 1959. Fewer than 3,500 Coupés and Cabriolets were built in that time and today these elegant and exclusive limited-edition models are highly prized.
The 220 S Cabriolet offered here is one of the later models with the more powerful engine. Its accompanying (copy) build sheet shows that the car was delivered on 6th June 1957 finished in Hellblau (light blue) with cream leather interior. A high-quality older restoration that still presents well, the car has been refinished in Dark Forest Green and has a tan leather interior embellished with mahogany woodwork. The paintwork and fabric convertible hood are in very good condition, as is the original instrumentation and exterior brightwork. Noteworthy features include the original Becker multi-band radio, factory-fitted clock, and a tonneau cover. A welcome addition to any collection, this stylish and well maintained 220 S cabriolet is offered with Portuguese registration papers.