London | Lot 119
1954 Mercedes-Benz 220 Coupé
£95,000 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
7 September 2016
- Offered from single-family ownership since 1955
- One of only 85 produced over a two-year period
- Documented ownership history, including original invoices and data card
- Beautiful 25-year restoration to original condition
- Original chassis, body, and engine
80 bhp, 2,195 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, swing axle rear suspension, and hydraulically actuated four-wheel Duplex drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,850 mm
Mercedes-Benz introduced the 220 sedan at the April 1951 Frankfurt Auto Show with regular series production beginning in July of that year. The 220 was the successor to the 170 S and a clever update, using essentially the same body as its predecessor. The main design change faired the headlights into the leading edge of the front fenders with chrome trim atop them so as to have a streamlined effect. The most significant change was under the bonnet, whereby a new 2.2-litre, six-cylinder engine replaced the former four-cylinder engine used in the 170 S. Horsepower jumped from 52 to 80, making the car an able autobahn cruiser, just as Mercedes-Benz had intended. In addition, due to the extra power, the car was equipped with Duplex drum brakes.
The rare and desirable coupé variant presented here is documented by a fascinating history file, covering its ownership back to nearly when new, including a copy of the original Mercedes-Benz data card. It was brought to Sweden by importer Philipsons and delivered to Ebba Pauli-Rappe of Djurgården, Stockholm, for whom it was serviced over the years by various imported car dealers in the area. The car has remained in her family’s ownership since, and it was completely restored over a 25-year period beginning in 1977; receipts for parts and services are on file, along with a large collection of registration documents. Interestingly, indications are that the car occasionally accompanied Mrs Pauli-Rappe on vacations to Portugal! The present sunroof was installed very early in the car’s life, probably by Mercedes-Benz, and perhaps with such sunny holidays in mind.
The offering of this prized family heirloom, undoubtedly one of the nicest 220s to recently come to market, is an opportunity not to be missed for the devoted Mercedes-Benz connoisseur.