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The Mercedes Benz 220A was succeeded in March 1956 by the 1956 Mercedes Benz 220S. While almost identical to the 220A, the 220S featured an upgraded version of the 2.2L inline-six and featured a new one-piece bumper instead of the three-piece bumper used on the 220A. Often identified as the first E-Class, though Mercedes did not officially adopt the E-Class nameplate until 1984, the 1956 Mercedes 220S was available with a 4-speed column shift manual transmission, with an optional Hydrak automatic clutch. This technological advancement used a series of small micro switches on the gear selector, which automatically disengaged the clutch when the driver changed gears. If you’re thinking about purchasing a 1956 Mercedes 220S, you’ll want to know if this Hydrak clutch has been replaced, as any were due the high maintenance costs associated with keeping them functional.
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Produced from 1956 to 1959, in July 1956 a Cabriolet joined the line-up, offering two doors and four seats, while in October of 1956 a Coupe version followed. Unique and highly collectible, there were some Cabriolets that were finished with folding rear seats to accommodate additional luggage. Over the course of production, 55,279 220S sedans and 3,429 Cabriolet and Coupes were built. Other Buyer’s Tips include inspecting the models thoroughly for rust and checking authenticity by matching chassis and engine numbers. A leading California classic car dealership, The Beverly Hills Car Club can assist you in verifying authenticity and can also assist you in finding the perfect 1956 Mercedes Benz 220S for your collection. Specializing in the classic cars Los Angeles and the rest of the United States has to offer, it would be their great pleasure to welcome you into the Beverly Hills Car Club family of clients.
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