Lot 21

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet

SOLD $140,000


$120,000 - $140,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Desirable Hand-Built Cabriolet Retained by One Family for over 60 Years
One of Just 2,178 “Ponton” Cabriolets Produced
Refurbished and Maintained by Marque Specialists
Never Comprehensively Restored, Retains Largely Original Interior
Mechanical Recommission in 2017–2018 by Paul Russell and Company

Technical Specs

2,195 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
115 BHP at 5,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Coil Springs
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Well Documented with a Fascinating History

A freshly redesigned Cabriolet graced the already impressive Mercedes- Benz product line for 1956. Only 2,178 examples of the svelte open “Ponton” Cabriolets were built, complete with refined accoutrements finished in wood and leather, at a price nearly double that of the sedan.

According to copies of purchase documents and build sheet, this 220 S was bought when nearly new by the Charman family of Ohio and delivered in Medium Grey with a tan leather interior and black top. Much loved and dutifully maintained by the family for over six decades, the car was entrusted to Sports Leicht Restoration in the 1990s to repaint the body, refinish the chrome, and rebuild the top using the correct German Happich material with a new wool headliner and padding. Additionally, the largely original leather upholstery was cleaned and restuffed, new wool carpets were installed, and the interior brightwork and wood trim were refinished.

In 2018, the Cabriolet was returned to the road following a mechanical recommissioning – valve and timing adjustment, carburetor rebuild, battery replacement, fluid change, and compression and leak tests – all by Paul Russell and Company of Essex, Massachusetts, as documented by the invoices included with the car. Accompanied by a jack, tool roll, and a significant file chronicling its history, this rare 220 S Cabriolet has a style and presence all its own.