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1956→1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Coupé

1956→1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Coupé

1956→1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Coupé

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 October 1956 until late 1959, 1,251 coupes were made alongside 2,178 cabriolet 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.

In Detail

tags w180ii, 220s
submitted by admin
type Series Production Car
production years 1956 – 1959
built at Germany
production 1251
price $ $ 7,200
engine Inline-6
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Chain-Driven SOHC
fuel feed 2 Solex 32 Carburettors
displacement 2195 cc / 133.95 in³
bore 80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke 72.8 mm / 2.87 in
compression 7.6:1
power 74.6 kw / 100 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output 45.56 bhp per litre
torque 161.3 nm / 119 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
steering Recirculating Ball
f suspension Double Wishbones
r suspension Swing Axle w/Radius Arms
dry weight 1407 kg / 3100 lbs
wheelbase 2700 mm / 106.3 in
front track 1430 mm / 56.3 in
rear track 1470 mm / 57.9 in
length 4760 mm / 187.4 in
width 1765 mm / 69.5 in
height 1530 mm / 60.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~160 kph / 99.36 mph
fuel capacity 64 litres or 16.90 gal.


Auction Sales History


1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S 180037.11.9509647 – sold for $68,750 According to copies on file of this Mercedes-Benz 220S’ factory records, this luxurious automobile was completed at the Stuttgart works in August of 1959. The new Coupe was built for the US market, with many special options and features. During the 1990s this luxurious Mercedes-Benz was beautifully restored by Precision Restoration Service of Bucker, Missouri.
Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams


1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe 7514434 – sold for $100,000
Purchased new in San Francisco. Spent its entire life on the West coast. Recently detailed engine to concours standards. Believed to be 58,000 original miles. The first owner had it painted two-tone White and Dusty Rose for his wife. Known in the Portland area as Daisy Rose. Still painted in those colors after 30 years. Seats, burlwood, chrome, headliner, stainless and trunk compartment all appear to be original. Original books and sales literature. Copy of build sheet obtained from Mercedes-Benz Classic Center of Los Angeles.
Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions


1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S coupé 7511652 – sold for €51,750
Since acquisition the car has been used sparingly and currently displays a total of approximately 81,100 kilometres (50,400 miles) on the odometer. Serviced annually by a retired Mercedes-Benz mechanic, the car is described as in very good condition, both mechanically and bodily, and is said to need only a few very minor improvements to bring it back in showroom condition. With few owners and relatively little used, this rare 220S coupe represents a wonderful opportunity for the discerning collector to own one of these graceful, limited-edition Mercedes-Benz models of the classic era. The car is offered with technical inspection and Belgian Carte Grise.
Auction Source: 2013 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais