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Buying a 1957 Mercedes Benz 220S

1957 Mercedes Benz 220SDesignated internally as the W180/128, the automotive world dubbed the 1957 Mercedes Benz 220S and its other year models as “Pontons” due to their resemblance to a pontoon or bridge spanning the engine bay. Offering more style and options than the typical saloons of the day, the 1957 Mercedes 220S Coupes and Cabriolets offered a wealth of options including fitted luggage, whitewall tires, a front bench seat, and popular two-tone paint. These were also some of the last Mercedes Benz that offered a manual transmission only. While the larger 300 series autos were more glamorous and exclusive, the 220S was very luxurious for its day. Their executives had realized a niche in the market for a less expensive, more personal auto and capitalized on this by taking the very successful 220 Sedan and shortening the chassis by 4.7-inches, adding more chrome and wood, and adding leather throughout. Even today, these are some of the most popular collectors cars in the European classic market.

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1957 Mercedes Benz 220S Buyer’s Guide

Production numbers for the 220S Cabriolets and Coupes include 1,251 Coupes and 2,178 Cabriolets from July 1956 to October 1959, totaling 3,429 units in all. If you’re looking for Buyer’s Tips or a Buyer’s Guide for the 1957 Mercedes 220S, you’ve come to the right place. Having assisted countless clients with the purchase and sale of their own 220S models, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club can offer the following pointers. First, rust is the main enemy of the coupes and cabriolets, especially in the rear of the vehicle. Be sure to check commonly rust prone areas such as the lower trunk edge, lower rear panel, lower edge under the chrome, and the dogleg arm. Additionally, while fiberglass replacements and parts are available for these models, purchasing the most complete example of the 1957 Mercedes 220S that you can find will be beneficial to you in the long run – whether restoring the vehicle or not.

These are just a few Buyer’s Tips for the 1957 Mercedes Benz 220S that the Los Angeles classic car dealership professionals at The Beverly Hills Car Club have learned over the years. Should you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to speak with a representative directly – their team is just a phone call away. Connect today to get started!

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