Of Presidential provenance
Same owner for almost 40 years
The better-equipped 'Export' model
The model 220 followed from the 170 and was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1951. With the 300 Adenauer launched the same year, it was the first post-war model to receive an inline 6-cylinder engine unlike previous models with their 4-cylinders. The design was more modern than its predecessor as the headlamps were integrated into the fenders.
The model on offer was delivered new to the President of Venezuela, Marco Perez Gimenez, for his wife. It was always driven by the chauffeur, Colonel Lindolfo Leon Rodriguez, and was then handed over to his grandson, Richard Mesnik. All this rather precise information is present in the Venezuelan document issued when the car was imported to France, and in the different 'traspassos' between the three owners.
It is an Export model, with door trim and leather seats, rear seats that are higher than the front seats, allowing for the rear passengers to better see the road, window curtains and a functional Becker radio. In 1978, the current owner, general manager of L'Oréal Venezuela, bought it from the Venezuelan President's grandson directly and went on to use the car on a regular basis before returning to France. This 220 was therefore imported in 1981 and scarcely used since then. Between 1995 and 1999, the owner had it restored. The engine, the electricals, the two-tone black/grey paint, the leather seats, and the door trims were redone. In 2016, additional expenses incurred for this car he has owned for almost 40 years. The brakes, chrome, optics and many details are refurbished. This sedan thus has a very well continuous history, with an exotic and historical provenance, and was always maintained with much attention. The owner informed that its mileage of 85,000 km is the original one, which is not surprising since he has owned the car since 1978, using it for the occasional rallies and events.