1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A CABRIOLET - 180346 Sold* at Scottsdale 2015 - Lot #5085 1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A CABRIOLET https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/180346/180346_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #5085   1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A CABRIOLET
Auction Scottsdale 2015
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 5085
Year 1954
Make MERCEDES-BENZ
Model 220A
Style CABRIOLET
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 180920
Exterior Color SILVER
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders 6
Engine Size 202 LITER
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL
Description
Lot #5085 - Metallic silver with black leather and gray carpets, this car was the subject of a complete, body-off, nut and bolt restoration of all the mechanical and cosmetic components. Originally a California Black Plate car, the restoration done by Mercedes expert Tony Ostermeier make this currently one of the best examples of this rare model. The original spare and tools are included, along with the original Blaupunkt radio. Introduced at the Frankfurt show, the 220 embodied all of Mercedes' best virtues. It was built to a standard made famous by Mercedes in their prewar years; the cars displayed superior handling, as well as classic styling and luxurious interiors. These are the last Mercedes on which the doors were rear hinged, and bodywork retained separate fenders, running boards, and landau bars. The 220 was available in other body styles, and only 1,278 were built in total. Of those, the survivors of the 300 cabriolets built are among the most-desired Mercedes by collectors. Nearly $5,000 when new, or about the price of a Cadillac limousine, they remain excellent investments. The new 6 cylinder engine, which contemporary testers described as an ultra-modern, intoxicating and incredible, is mated with a 4-speed column shift. The 220A was an improved version with a higher-compression engine. The car is a delight to drive and will be welcome at the most prestigious concours and touring events worldwide.
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