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In late 1953, the venerable Mercedes-Benz W187 Series of sedans and fourseat cabriolets received a new addition, the sporting and largely hand-built Cabriolet A. Constructed in limited numbers to satisfy the requests of celebrities and society’s elite, the Cabriolet A body was perfectly proportioned on its 112" wheelbase. Just a few hundred were built each year.
The 220 Cabriolet A offered here reportedly was purchased new from Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood, California, and was used as a wedding gift to a young couple from the bride’s parents. Offered with a set of fitted luggage, the Cabriolet was built in the strikingly elegant color combination of white gray with a Dark Blue leather interior. As the freeways of Los Angeles grew ever busier in the 1960s, the 220 was parked for about two decades before being sold to a dentist in the San Diego area. After 22 years in his care, it passed to its third owner in 2008 and was recently acquired by the consignor in largely original condition, a testament to its life in temperate Southern California.
With its interior remaining largely original, this desirable example displayed just under 80,000 miles at the time of cataloguing. Rare, coveted, and expensive when new, the Cabriolet A models from late in W187 Series production are prized by collectors today, and this black-plate California car stands ready to impress as a preservation-class show entry or faithful weekend driver.