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Lot 371
1952 Mercedes-Benz 220B Cabriolet


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

CHASSIS NO: 187013

• 1 of only 997 produced
• Reported to have a concours level restoration in the ‘90s
• A lavish German-built automobile for touring

2,195 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, rear suspension by swing axles and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in April 1951, the 220B was one of the first new post-war vehicles for Mercedes-Benz. The 220 featured the return of the inline six-cylinder engine, which displaced 2.2 litres, hence where the “220” namesake would come from and provided an ample 80 horsepower. Styling shared similar ques to that of the pre-war 170, though the headlamps were now fully enclosed in the front fenders. The modern front end was longer and interior furnishings were more lavish. The inline-six was mated to a column-shifted synchronized four-speed manual gearbox which helped provide a fun driving experience. The 220 was offered in two different cabriolet options, the sporty Cabriolet A and the stylish Cabriolet B which offered comfortable seating for four. With undeniable style and plenty of performance to meet the public needs, the 220 marked Mercedes-Benz’s return to the market after World War II by offering luxury for the whole family while still providing the level of performance that resonates with the Mercedes-Benz badge.

Given what The Rockhound Collection would describe as a concours restoration in the 1990s, this lovely ’52 Mercedes-Benz 220B Cabriolet still presents quite well today with an upscale and posh stance. Not touched since its restoration, the Mercedes-Benz Hellrot Red and silver paint shows few blemishes and only minor flaws from normal road use. Mercedes has always been known for their classic styling and this example carries just that, with integrated headlights in the front fenders and a convertible that folds into an excellent position to fully open the cabin for open-air opulence. Along with the top, comes a boot top cover that holds the convertible in place and keeps things nice and tight. For the lower half, this Benz rides on steel wheels with color-matched red three-point star hub caps wrapped in blackwall Michelin radial tires.

Known for luxury in all aspects of their vehicles, the interior boasts elegant wood veneering laid on the window sillls and on top of the dash that ties the red leather seating together quite nicely. The wood veneering trickles down to the center of the dashboard where a Becker Grand Prix stereo is slotted in the center. Other notable features include roll-up windows in both the front and rear as well as driving lights up front.

Backed by a column-mounted four-speed manual gearbox, the six-cylinder engine produces more than enough power to ignite a fun and memorable driving experience. With some light mechanical updating, this low-production Mercedes-Benz 220B Cabriolet looks to be a lavish touring vehicle.

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