Lot 156

St. Moritz 2023

1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet

Offered from The Iseli Collection


CHF92,000 | Sold

Switzerland | St. Moritz, Switzerland



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Swiss Carte Grise
  • Offered from The Iseli Collection
  • One of Mercedes-Benz’s most elegant creations
  • Presented in White-Green over a Green leather interior with a matching Green convertible top
  • Accompanied by selected workshop invoices; restored in 2014 complemented by ensuing engine rebuild

Introduced in 1954, the Mercedes-Benz 220—chassis code W180—forms part of the “Ponton” series. The grouping of saloon, coupé, and convertible models is so nicknamed for their progressive design, featuring pontoon-like sides that dispensed with the separate arches of older car designs. These were the first Mercedes-Benz models built using unitary body construction techniques, as the German manufacturer found ways to increase its production output in the wake of World War II.

The 220 A saloon was the larger, more luxurious offering of the bunch, featuring a longer body than four-cylinder models to accommodate a 2.2-litre inline six-cylinder engine and a more spacious interior, with increased legroom for rear passengers. In 1956, the 220 S saloon replaced the 220 A, but differed little from its predecessor: the engine was upgraded with twin carburettors for more power; a one-piece front bumper supplanted the previous three-piece unit; and chrome trim was added along the sides.

A 220 S coupé made its debut one year later in 1956, followed by a two-door, four-seat convertible, an example of which is offered here. More than 15,000 220 S saloons were produced for 1957, while only 1,066 of the coupé and cabriolet variants were made that year, with total production for those two models over the car’s four-year lifespan never exceeding 3,500.

This beautifully presented and stylish 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet is one such example of this luxurious, handmade model. Believed to have been delivered new to the United States, this cabriolet returned to its homeland of Germany by 1996. The car was restored in 2014, evidenced by a list of work completed by Pyritz Classics, a workshop in Frankfurt am Main. Shortly afterwards, the engine was rebuilt by a Swiss workshop. Presented in White-Green over a Green leather interior with a matching Green convertible top, the cosmetic appeal of this Mercedes-Benz is underlined by the generous application of chrome and wood trim.

The offering of this “Ponton” convertible at auction represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a luxurious classic with an uncommon colour scheme.