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8-9 September 2013

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Lot 133

1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet

  • Chassis no. 180.030.7505670

Sold for £48,160


105 hp, 2,200 cc single overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine with twin Solex downdraft carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, swing rear axle and coil springs, and servo-assist four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,700 mm

In early Mercedes-Benz history, the “S-Class” designation was used colloquially, typically referring to the largest and most spacious luxury vehicle in the company’s line up. In some cases, it also applied to vehicles that required premium fuel due to the higher compression ratio and output of the company’s top-of-the-line engines. The Mercedes-Benz W128 six-cylinder automobile was available in saloon, coupé, or cabriolet body styles, with production starting in 1954. Its main model, the 220 S, was the last of the “Ponton” series, which had design roots and styling cues beginning in 1953 with the Mercedes-Benz 180 Saloon. The 220 S featured a unitised body/frame construction and fully independent suspension. Nearly every interior surface of the coupé and cabriolet was covered in leather or wood, and matching leather luggage was available.



Offered here is a beautiful, later, dual-carburettor 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet; this version produces 105 horsepower, which is an improvement over the 99 produced by the earlier version. This convertible has been treated to a proper restoration some time ago and continues to reflect the quality of craftsmanship. It is adorned in a seldom-seen dark forest green and has a tan interior, which consists of traditional full leather seating surfaces and panels. The paint and cloth top are both in very good condition, as is the exterior brightwork. Likewise, all of the instrumentation is in excellent original condition, whils the high-quality mahogany appears to have been carefully refinished. It is equipped with its original Becker multi-band radio, factory clock, and many other Mercedes-Benz accessories, including a tonneau cover.



This stylish and lovingly maintained Cabriolet is a testament not only to the quality of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, but also to the care and pride that the great car builders in Germany took in building each and every car. It was the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz for 1957, and it was a lovely touring car then just as much as it is today. This 220 S should make a welcome addition to any quality collection.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more