March 2010

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B

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By the time the 220 came along, it was difficult to find manufacturers who had not eliminated separate fenders and running boards

Introduced at Frankfurt in 1951, the Mercedes-Benz 220 series was available in sedan, coupe, and cabriolet variants. It was in production through August 1955, with only 997 cabriolet Bs built. According to a letter sent by a previous owner to the vendor, this lovely example was owned from 1993 to 1998 by a gentleman in Wisconsin, who bought it from a party who found the car in a barn they had purchased. Upon acquiring it, he removed the body from the frame and restored both. He claimed to have never driven the car but only restored it cosmetically. In 1998, he sold it to a car dealer in southern Louisiana, who painted the car black (it had been red) and only drove it 42 kilometers over the next five years. In fact, it sat in his showroom, not for sale, but simply as a display car.

Finally, in 2003, the vendor acquired the 220 cabriolet B with 36,363 kilometers showing on the odometer. Although it was cosmetically restored, he enjoys driving his cars and therefore elected to conduct a mechanical restoration on this car as well. He carried out as much work as possible on his own before sending the car to noted restorer Henry Magno of Massachusetts. Receipts totaling over $37,000 in mechanical work are available. As presented, the car is reported to run perfectly and drives wonderfully. The owner has driven the car about 3,500 kilometers since purchasing it and has won awards in every car show he has entered.