8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 112

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B

  • Chassis no. 187.013.07998/52
  • Engine no. 23507/180928

Sold for £47,600

80 bhp, 2,195 cc overhead-cam, inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual column-shift transmission, independent front suspension, swing axle rear suspension, and hydraulically actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,845 mm

Having only produced four-cylinder cars post World War Two, Mercedes-Benz eventually decided to introduce two new six-cylinder automobiles, the 220 and 300. Both of these models sought to reaffirm Mercedes-Benz’s reputation as a luxury car manufacturer. The 220, known internally as the W187, was equipped with a 2,195-cubic centimetre, six-cylinder overhead-cam engine that could produce a claimed top speed of 140 km/h to 145 km/h. The engine was of special interest to the motoring press, because it was the first new design out of Mercedes-Benz in over 10 years, and it featured an efficient cylinder head, setting the power output at 80 brake horsepower. To compensate for the increased performance of the six-cylinder engine, Duplex brakes were fitted, providing improved stopping power.

Designed in a modern vogue, body styles included the saloon, coupé and two cabriolets, with the cabriolet B being a four-seater.

The Cabriolet B shown here is finished in an older cosmetic restoration, with rich cream paint, navy blue leather upholstery, and a dark blue cloth convertible top, and it shows a well-maintained appearance, with only minor flaws and blemishing from road use throughout. Elegant features include an attractive dial-face Becker radio and amber-tinted Bosch fog lamps. It should be noted that the car sports a factory replacement or rebuilt engine, as is noted by a tag affixed to the engine block.

With light recommissioning, this car promises to be an elegant and vivacious touring automobile.

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