A Survivor: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet

A Survivor: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220s Cabriolet

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 220s Cabriolet
Ext. Color: Brown/Cream
Int. Color: Tan Leather
Mileage: 121,534 miles
Engine: 2195cc Inline-6 Cylinder (Dual Carb)
Transmission: Column Shifted 4-Speed Manual
Drive: RWD

We are pleased to present our latest offering; this survivor, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet. Produced from March 1956 to October 1959, the 220S aka “Ponton” was built in sedan, coupe and cabriolet configurations. The more common sedan had much higher production figures (~55,000), while only a few thousand (~3,500) coupes/cabrios were produced during this run; of these, only 2,178 were Cabriolets. This example represents 1 of just 1,066 of the combined coupe/cabrio production for 1957. It’s not known exactly how many remain in existence, but suffice to say – not many.

This particular 220S, a true survivor, has travelled an exceptionally well-documented 121k-miles. The original owner’s manuals and service booklet, included with the car, present an impressive record of maintenance at Mercedes dealerships from new. On August 3, 1957 this 220S (Chassis # 180030107505066) was delivered to Mr. A. Spencer of London, Ontario, Canada. The original service booklet, which documents the complete service history from day one (until the last available service entry in the booklet), has been photographed in the gallery (see a detailed list of completed services below).

The two-tone Brown/Cream paintwork is in good shape overall with deep shine and gloss. The car is believed to have had a single repaint in its life, as well as a single convertible top replacement. Chrome parts, including the large, signature Mercedes front grill are bright and clean with a light patina. The tan convertible top is in very good shape and opens smoothly; while the zip-open plastic rear window is clear without fading or yellowing. A cover is included to neatly tuck the folded top while cruising with the top down.

The interior presents itself with lovely patina in what appears to be original condition. Tan leather seating surfaces are soft and supple exhibiting limited wear. The solid wood dashboard is absolutely stunning to see in person; believed to be all-original, and clearly crafted from a single piece of wood, it is unequivocally the star of the show inside the cabin. Settled within the wood dash is a typically 50’s gauge cluster, organized horizontally in neat boxes. The original Becker radio features in the center of the dash below an analog clock. The interior headliner, a crushed velvet-like material, is clean and free of tears/rips.

The 2195cc Inline-6 Cylinder fires up quickly and easily, a sign of its regular maintenance, and comfortably moves the large 220S down the road. The four-speed column mounted shifter is easy-to-use and shifts cleanly through all the gears. In excellent running and driving condition.

All recommended services are noted as having been completed in the original service manual including:
• 500 mi Service – August 6, 1957 – MB Toronto
• 1900 mi Service – August 21, 1957 – MB Toronto
• 3800 mi Service – September 5, 1957 – MB Toronto
• 5700 mi Service – September 26, 1957 – MB Toronto
• 7600 mi Service – November 13, 1957 – MB Toronto
• 9500 mi Service – January 14, 1958 – MB Toronto
• 11400 mi Service – April 2, 1958 – MB Toronto
• 13300 mi Service – May 14, 1958 – MB Toronto
• 15200 mi Service – July 10, 1958 – MB Toronto
• 17100 mi Service – July 28, 1958 – H. Forrester Calgary
• 19000 mi Service – August 4, 1958 – Mercedes-Benz Vancouver
• 20900 mi Service – August 25, 1958 – Mark Motors Winnipeg
• 22800 mi Service – September 3, 1958 – MB Toronto
• 24700 mi Service – December 10, 1958 – MB Toronto
• 28500 mi Service – April 11, 1959 – MB Toronto
• 30400 mi Service – August 27, 1959 – Frank Gerry M-B London
• 32300 mi Service – December 27, 1959 – Gerry M-B
• 34200 mi Service – May 13, 1960 – Gerry M-B (First use of Official MB stamp)
• 36100 mi Service – August 15, 1960 – Gerry M-B
• 38000 mi Service – October 1960 – Gerry M-B
• 39900 mi Service – October 1960 – Gerry M-B
• 41800 mi Service – Gerry M-B (no date)
• 43700 mi Service – May 15, 1961 – Gerry M-B
• 45600 mi Service – September 29, 1961 – Gerry M-B
• 47500 mi Service – Gerry M-B (no date)
• 49400 mi Service – April 1962 – Gerry M-B
• 51300 mi Service – Siggie’s Texaco Service (London, Ont) (no date)
• 53200 mi Service – Siggie’s (no date)
• 55100 mi Service – Siggie’s (no date)
• 57000 mi Service – Siggie’s (no date)
• 58900 mi Service – Siggie’s (no date)
• 60800 mi Service – Siggie’s (no date)
• 62700 mi Service – Siggie’s (no date; final available slot in M-B service book)

Recent mechanical service includes:
• Stainless steel exhaust
• Fuel tank
• Brake lines/hoses
• Bilstein shocks
• Control arm bushings
• Tires
• Stabilizer bar links
• Intake/Exhaust Manifold gaskets
• Battery
• Oil filter housing
• Fuel hoses
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For more information or to schedule a test drive, please call us at 240-224-7071 or email at info@performanceautogallery.com

*NOTE: All sales are subject to $300 MVA dealer processing fee and tax, title and registration fees. Vehicles are being sold in as-is condition.

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