Coys Auction - True Greats
Royal Horticultural Halls
Tuesday 1st December 2009
Registration Number: 690 UXM Chassis Number: 180010N8521521
It is not always appreciated what a stir Mercedes-Benz road cars made in the 1950s. Leaving aside such obvious stars as the 300SL ‘Gullwing’, there were headlines like Magnificent Mercedes when a new saloon came out. It is not hard to see why: the company introduced new levels of build quality to even its most mundane models.
Take the 220S, here was a discreetly styled saloon with a top speed of 100mph – when it was introduced in 1956, 100mph was beyond some sports cars. It was superbly assembled at a time when most saloons were of dubious quality and it had such features as servo-assisted brakes and an overhead camshaft engine.
Chassis 180010N8521521 was imported into the UK from Germany in 1996 and passed into the hands of the vendor in 2005, with the previous owner having possession of the car for so