During World War II, the Stuttgart factories were destroyed. After the War, Mercedes-Benz began its postwar reconstruction with limited production of the Mercedes Type 170 series sedan, complete with pre-war styling and a side-valve 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine. The profits from these operations were reinvested in building new facilities, and in designing and developing important new models. A completely new range of luxury six-cylinder sedans and coupes appeared in 1951 as the 220 and 300. The engine of both models featured a single chain-driven overhead camshaft.

Produced from October, 1958 to August, 1959 the main model was the 220SE. It was the last of the 'Ponton' series which had design roots and styling cues beginning in 1953 with the Mercedes-Benz 180 sedan.

The 220SE featured a unitized body/frame constructed and fully independent suspension. All models were fitted with a 2195cc straight six gasoline engine with aluminum head, overhead camshaft, and Bosch mechanical fuel injection. An automatic clutch was available with the column-mounted 4-speed manual transmission. At the time, the cabriolet was priced similarly to Cadillac's Eldorado Biarritz. Nearly every interior surface of the coupe and cabriolet was covered in leather, and matching leather luggage was also available. However, power steering, windows, air conditioning, and an automatic transmission were not available.

This example was in excellent condition with no body rust. It has been completely restored and is a superb example of the Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet.
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S

At the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island this two-tone dark blue over grey lacquer colored Mercedes-Benz 200S with chassis number 1800308518164 was expected to sell between $50,000-$75,000. It has a red leather interior and an ivory steering wheel. The soft top is dark blue and the exhaust system is stainless steel. At the conclusion of the bidding, it found its third owner at a price of $50,600.

The first owner of this car took delivery on December 15th of 1958. It had left the factory painted in a two-tone color combination of medium blue over metallic light blue. The second owner of this car was Clayton Durgin, who took possession of the car on April 1, 1983, from Jesse Torregrossa of East Dorset, Vermont.
Between 1983 and 1992, Durgin performed a restoration. The car features the classic ivory steering wheel, a dark blue soft top in the correct German Haartz material, and red leather upholstery.

Between 1956 and 1959, Mercedes-Benz produced only 2,178 examples of the 220S Cabriolet.
In 2010, this 220S Cabriolet was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $90,000 - $120,000 and was offered without reserve.

As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $82,500, including buyer's premium.

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