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Lot 67

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Coupe

SOLD $55,000

Estimate

$100,000 - $130,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

180037N.7509637

Car Highlights

Single Ownership for More Than 30 Years
Exceptionally Authentic, Including Original Interior
Featured in Automobile and Mercedes Enthusiast Magazines
Preservation Award at the 2013 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance
Documented with Factory Build Sheet, Service Invoices, and Articles

Technical Specs

2,195 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
106 BHP at 5,200 RPM
4-Speed Column-Shift Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Swing-Axle Rear Suspension with Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

  • Please note that this car is titled 7509637.
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This highly original example of Stuttgart’s classic Ponton coupe claims a brush with royalty and a three-decade period of care by a French enthusiast living in the US. According to the research of this enthusiast, the car was first purchased in August 1957 by the Spanish royal family as a gift to Juan Carlos, the heir to the throne.

In 1982, the 220 S was discovered in an extremely well-preserved state in a Swiss garage by Philippe de Lespinay of Southern California, a French motorcycle champion who had transitioned to a career in automotive modeling and graphics (even designing the livery of many of Dan Gurney’s Indy cars). After importing the 220 S to the US, Mr. de Lespinay continued to preserve the car dutifully and exhibited it at local shows. Occasional restoration measures were sympathetic in nature, including a 1992 repaint by Jean-Paul Guiral, a former Mercedes-Benz club president.

In 2009, the original engine suffered a damaged piston, and Mr. de Lespinay installed an unused NOS replacement block fitted with a later finned cylinder head, facilitating stronger performance and easier valve adjustment. A two-time winner of the Motor Press Guild’s “Track Days” concours, and the subject of features in Automobile and Mercedes Enthusiast magazines, this impressive 220 S coupe exemplifies Mercedes’ early postwar quality, eminently worthy of marque gatherings and regional exhibitions.