Mercedes Benz introduced the Ponton (German for pontoon, a reference to the new slab-sided styling) series of saloons in July 1953, replacing the 170 series and becoming the mainstay of production for the Three-Pointed Star for the remainder of the decade. The four-cylinder 180 model was joined in June 1954 by the first six-cylinder variant, the 220a (also known as the 219), featuring a longer wheelbase, larger rear glass and additional brightwork. The advanced SOHC 2195cc six-cylinder unit featured a new light-alloy cylinder head, new pistons and a higher compression ratio. In March 1956, the 220a gave way to the 220S, now with twin Solex carburetors and 100 bhp peak power, enough for genuine 100 mph performance. An interesting - and popular - option was the Hydrak automatic clutch that gave two pedal control whilst retaining the four-speed manual gearbox; this was operated by pressure on the gearstick with a vacuum servo and torque converter controlling a normal clutch.
The 220S was also offered as a fiendishly expensive coupe or cabriolet and ultimately gained fuel injection towards the end of the production run in 1959. In total, some 55,279 220S saloons were built between 1956 and 1959 and these beautifully made cars really are a classic that can be enjoyed on a daily basis.
We have here a truly stunning show condition example. The subject of a rotisserie restoration in Austria by the renowned Mercedes Benz expert Manfred Schmid. Finished in its original factory specification of Thistle Green. This must be a definitive purchase for the discerning classic buyer of Mercedes Benz.