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Lot Number
54
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $120,000
CHASSIS NO: 180.010.9506782
• Well-documented provenance from new
• Quality, well-preserved restoration
• Accompanied by restoration photo album
• Copy of factory build record, owner’s manual, and more
• Includes original factory tool kit

2,195 cc SOHC in-line six-cylinder, twin Solex carburetors, 120 HP at 5,200 RPM, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, upper and lower A-arms, rear swing axle with coil springs, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes;wheelbase: 106.3”


Mercedes-Benz quality has always been a cut above the competition. In the early post-war years, the revival of their pre-war passenger car design sold well enough to finance new and improved developments. In October 1956 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the press and the public fell in love with the new 220S line of sporty, personal automobiles. While sedans were crucial, those looking for an intimate ride for two, and for short hops, a couple more in the back seat, the 220S coupe and cabriolet were ideal. Each was hand-built by skilled and dedicated craftsmen to old-world standards of excellence. 1959 would mark the end of these gorgeous cars built as part of the Ponton family. These cars not only looked good but were a joy to drive with modern touches including a column-shift four-speed manual gearbox.

Finished in Mercedes-Benz Crème with plush red leather seats and a like-new black canvas top, this car has a well-documented history from new. Completed at the Stuttgart facility on the 9th of July 1959, the original build sheet indicates it was a very well-appointed car when new. It was fitted with such amenities as reclining front seats, Becker Europa radio, dual heater-defroster blower fans and a factory mounted outside rear view mirror. Those documents show that an extra kilo of original paint was also included. In the mid-1970s, this car was acquired by the Nugent family in Michigan, where it was used and enjoyed for over a decade. In 1987, Mr. Nugent, who was active in the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, undertook having this car restored to its original grandeur.

The car was disassembled and treated to a rotisserie restoration during which time it was also given a complete mechanical overhauling. The undersides are just as nice as the top with the suspension and chassis brought to concours standards, while all soft-trim work, including the folding top, were brought back to their factory standards at, or in many cases, above the factory fit and finish. During this extensive process, a complete photo album was created and is included with the vehicle.

In 2012, it was acquired by a Georgia collector who was meticulous in his care and storage of the vehicle as had been Mr. Nugent. During his ownership, this stunning 220S has been used only for special occasions over the last half-dozen years where it received regular servicing and remained in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition.

The condition has held up very well and this 220S will look very much at home on the showfield at concours and events. In addition to a photo album that chronicled the restoration, it has copies of the actual factory build records for this car, as well as original sales brochures that list all dealers from when the car was sold new, as well as the workshop manual, parts catalog, service booklet and the all-important owner’s instruction manual. It has its original factory tool kit, a spare tire and a jack. Included also is a pair of original 1959 Michigan state license plates that could be used for registration should the new owner hail from the Great Lakes State.

Not only does this Mercedes-Benz represent the finest in design and engineering, it is a rolling piece of artwork that can and should be enjoyed and, that if cared for with the same care and love as its previous owners, should continue to grow in value.

1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet
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