When the Mercedes-Benz 220S Sedan was introduced at the West German Automobile Show in Frankfurt in April of 1956, it featured a host of mechanical innovations over its 220 predecessor as well as an elegant and larger new body. This example has covered just 92,895 miles since new. The current owner has recently had it refurbished mechanically. It runs very well and is also very presentable cosmetically both inside and out. This 220S is a solid number 3 condition vehicle and is an excellent candidate for entry into the world of Mercedes-Benz collector automobiles.
This Mercedes-Benz 220S Sedan was delivered to the United States in 1957 and is finished in the perfect black and red combination for this highly collectible model. Although this automobile has never been restored, it has nice quality older paintwork and a very good original leather interior. The condition of this 220S Sedan is a solid number 3 overall. The original chrome-work looks good from a distance, but is lightly pitted upon closer inspection. The interior woodwork is in really good condition throughout. The current owner of this 220S has had it for the past three years. Under his direction, the car has been mechanically recommissioned to very good running order by Ned Gallaher of Gallaher Restorations in Landrum, South Carolina. The fuel system has been cleaned, and the motor has been tuned. The result is that everything works. The four-speed manual transmission is operated with a column shifter, and this Mercedes-Benz 220S is an absolute joy to drive.
The 220 sedan was introduced at the first international West German automobile show in Frankfurt in April of 1951. It was a very popular model and proved to be a sales success over the next five years. When the 220S was introduced at the same show in 1956, it featured a host of mechanical improvements as well as a larger, more elegant body. Production of the new model lasted until the end of 1959. Over the years, this handsome and much admired body style has come to be known as the “pontoon” model, distinguished from its successor model by rounded rear fenders. The 6-cylinder engine of 2195 cc displacement featured a single overhead camshaft and two downdraft Solex carburetors. The transmission was a synchromesh 4-speed manual unit with a column shift. The fully independent suspension was by coil springs all around and featured the famous single-pivot swing axle at the rear. Overall, the new sedan was a much more refined edition of the models that preceded it. Additional offerings in the 220S model range included two limited production offerings, a handsome two-door four-passenger hard-top coupe and a correspondingly beautiful cabriolet.
This Mercedes-Benz 220S Sedan is a largely unrestored example that has been put into very good mechanical order by its current owner. This automobile is painted in its original color of black and still has its original red leather interior and woodwork. After recent sorting and service, this highly collectible 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Sedan is now in very good operating condition and ready to serve its fortunate next owner very well indeed.John Kleen, Vintage Consultant
“Haspel’s directive to body engineer Karl Wilfert and his team had been brief and to the point: the cars’ styling had to be modern but the Mercedes radiator grille had to be retained.”Beverly Rae Kimes, The Star and The Laurel - The Centennial History, MBNA, 1986, 291.
Mercedes-Benz Production Models 1946-1975, W. R. Nitske, Motorbooks International, 1977.
The Star and the Laurel – The Centennial History, Beverly Rae Kimes, MBNA, 1986.