In 1956 Mercedes-Benz began to offer their 220 model in a lavish coupe and cabriolet that sold in much smaller numbers than the sedan they were based off.
From July 1956 until late 1959, 2,178 cabriolets were made alongside 1,251 coupes and over 55,000 sedans.
These cars used the M180.924 inline-6 engine which was one of the last to use regular carburetors over an injection system. The single carb units produced around 100 bhp while the later cars used two Solex 32s to produce 105 bhp.
All the cars used a 4-speed manual transmission, but Mercedes-Benz did offer a Hydrak automatic clutch that used switches in the column shift lever to activate.
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S ‘Ponton’ Cabriolet 180030N8506104 – sold for €135,700
This 220 S convertible was bought new from Mercedes-Benz in Bamberg, Germany and has remained in the same family’s ownership ever since. In February 2010 the vendor took the car into his private ownership and commissioned specialists Auto Sauer of Bamberg, Germany to undertake restoration work as necessary. This included a complete re-spray in original Mercedes-Benz Black (40H), re-chroming of brightwork, renewal of the soft-top and all cabin carpets, and re-varnishing of the interior wood embellishment and dashboard. All mechanical components received attention as detailed below. Invoices totalling more than €45,000 are on file. Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams
1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet 180.030Z.7512620 – sold for $187,000 Limited-production example and hand built in the classic Mercedes-Benz tradition. One of just 1,066 220 S Coupes and Cabriolets produced for 1957. Finished in striking Light Ivory and Tartan Red over dark red leather. Equipped with an ivory steering wheel, front bucket seats, and whitewall tires. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet – sold for $120,000 One of 2,178 Produced in total from 1956-59. Older Restoration Showing Excellent. Original engine. Numbers matching per factory records. New Leather and Wood Trim. Excellent Brightwork. Becker Mexico radio. Factory optional Ivory steering wheel. Fresh mechanical servicing. New whitewall tires. Copy of factory build record from Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum
1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet 180030Z.7511749 – sold for $77,000 Elegant Ponton-Series Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet. Originally Delivered to the US with Borranis and Air-Conditioning. Highly Optioned Example. Documented by Mercedes-Benz Build Sheets and Receipts. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet – sold for $62,500
Produced from the mid to late 1950s, the Mercedes Benz 220 S(standing for “Super”) capitalized on the company’s engineering and quality resources in a midsized luxury performer that was arguably at its best in convertible form. This brilliantly restored 220S Cabriolet from the Harold R. Wing collection features all new paint and a brand new Red leather interior highlighted by the exotic wood trim on the dash, A pillars and doors. The rebuilt alloy 2.2 liter OHC straight 6 engine has been rebuilt and performs with typical Mercedes Benz smoothness and responsiveness through a 3-speed transmission. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum
Beautiful Presentation of a Classic 1950’s Mercedes-Benz.* Delivered New to the US. Well-Kept Professional Restoration. Matching-Numbers Engine. Charming, Period-Correct Livery. Offered with an Extensive File of Documentation.
By September 1996, less than a year after the project got underway, the 220 S was finished. According to the owner’s fastidious record keeping, over $125,000 had been spent on the car and an impressive file that includes restoration photos, receipts and correspondence attests to the passion that went into this worthy project.
Even after the restorative work was complete, the car was consistently maintained and any detail work that was deemed necessary was performed. Today, this lovely Mercedes-Benz presents beautifully in all respects and appears to have seen little use since restoration.