The 1956 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet is a very collectible classic auto that was first displayed at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1955. Cabriolet models would come first, followed by Coupe models in October 1956. Extremely luxurious for their time, the 220S Cabriolet and Coupe models were part of the illustrious Ponton series. While this was not an official designation, the name Ponton stuck with the series for generations and referenced the commanding size and presence that the 220S and 220SE cars had. The larger 300 series Mercedes were even more glamorous and exclusive, but Mercedes saw an opportunity for a less expensive, more personal auto and designed the 220S Cabriolet. The chassis of the 220 Sedan was shortened by almost 5 inches, and a wealth of wood, leather and chrome were added to give owners a truly luxurious feel. Still hand-built, these 220S models were simply unparalleled during their time. It is important to note that if you are planning on restoring a 1956 Mercedes 220S Cabriolet, the Sedan platform is actually quite different. The 220S chassis received additional floor reinforcements to compensate for the absence of a roof, the overhang behind the rear wheel became longer, and longer doors gave a very appealing look.
In total, there were only 3,429 units of the 220S manufactured from July 1956 to October 1959: 1,251 Coupes and 2,178 Cabriolets. This is an extremely rare classic that is sought-after by many. If you're thinking about buying a 1956 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet, consider the following Buyer's Tips. First, rust is a major issue with these Cabriolet and Coupe models and with such low production, there are limited companies making reproduction parts for them. In fact, all metal for them must be hand fabricated. As you might expect due to this low availability of components, a complete restoration on a 220S or 220SE Mercedes Benz can be quite costly for the buyer. Common rust areas include the lower frame covers, floors, spare tire well, trunk floor, suspension mounts, jack points, bumper mounting and lower firewall among others. Secondly, as with all classics, you'll want to collect as much information from the seller on any restoration or maintenance, as well as ownership history.
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