1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet
Chassis No. 180030-8510864
Engine No. 180924-8507858
Mileage 8,132 km (indicated)
- 2,195 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
- Twin Solex Carburetors
- 4-speed manual transmission
- 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
- 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
- Color: Medium Grey Metallic
- Includes: Jack, tool kit, spare, misc. parts in trunk
It’s hard to believe that the 220S is only one generation removed from the 220A, itself a ground-breaking design that is credited with returning Mercedes-Benz to solvency in the post-war years.
Experiencing a 220S today is something of a revelation. Here is an elegant and comfortable touring car, with light control effort and more than adequate power. It feels completely at home on modern roads, and can be driven anywhere in comfort and style. When it made its debut in 1956 the contrast with the previous A-series must have been even more startling.
This exceptional 220S was purchased by Walter Charman in 1959 from the first owner Pierre De Malleray. Malleray lived in Paris and was driven to work in the car by his chauffeur. It was shipped to Mr. Charman aboard the SS Prins Willem III through the St Lawrence Seaway to Cleveland, and is thought to be the first car to have arrived in Cleveland via that conveyance. It has been in the Charman family ever since.
Included with sale are copies of the negotiations between Mr. Charman and Monsieur Malleray, the factory production document, a letter detailing the original specifications from Mercedes-Benz NA, and an extensive file of restoration records and invoices in amounts exceeding the asking price.
Much of the previous concours-level restoration work was performed by noted marque expert Bruce Adams of Sport Leicht Restorations. Additionally, the car benefits from a recent 2018 service here at Paul Russell and Company that included a complete rebuild of the entire brake system, full fluid service, tire replacement, and performance tuning.
This 220S has the lovely character of a cherished object that was used for its intended purpose. As a result, it exhibits none of the atrophy of a car that was stored or displayed rather than driven. It’s a great driving car, ready for your inspection.
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