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This 220 Cabriolet B was purchased in 1982 by Richard St. John of Seattle, Washington. Immediately after his acquisition, Mr. St. John enlisted noted Mercedes-Benz mechanic Wagner Heerwagon to restore the Cabriolet. The Mercedes-Benz was completely disassembled and, over the following three years, rebuilt from the ground up. The restoration of the Cabriolet B was so thorough that the process included a trip to the Mercedes-Benz factory in Stuttgart, Germany, where Mr. St. John and Mr. Heerwagon spent several days with the chief archivist and classic center experts. Invaluable help and information assisted the thorough restoration, which included the ordering of factory-correct C.F. Roser Co. leather for the trim.
After the painstaking restoration, the 220 Cabriolet was entered in the 1986 Mercedes-Benz Club event at Chateau St. Michell in Woodinville, Washington, where it won Best of Show. Later that summer, the Mercedes-Benz was shown at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance in Oregon where it handily won its class. Finally, the 220 Cabriolet was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the 100-year celebration of the automobile and, of course, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz. Amongst the notable assemblage of Mercedes- Benz present, the 220 Cabriolet captured much attention and a First in Class win.
After its concours debut, the Mercedes-Benz was sold and has since remained in the Pacific Northwest as a member of two notable collections. The 220 Cabriolet was most recently stabled beside a 300 SL Gullwing and a 300 SL Roadster amongst numerous other collector cars.
As a further testament to the quality and accuracy of the restoration, this Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B retains an impressive presence and shows extremely minimal use after some 27 years. Those familiar with the very particular aroma of an original Mercedes-Benz interior will note the leather’s accurate effect on the senses. The fit and finish of the car remains high, and the car is a delight to see in the correct Tobacco Brown over biscuit leather. Fitted to the car is an exceptionally rare rear spare carrier that pivots down to gain access to the luggage compartment. Accompanied with period literature and tools, this is quite possibly one of the best 220s currently available.