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Buying a 1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet

1959 Mercedes Benz 220S CabrioletThe Ponton was Daimler-Benz's first totally new Mercedes series produced after World War II. Designed to replace the pre-war Type 170 series, the Mercedes Benz 220S would become the bulk of the German automakers production through 1959. Today, collectors drool over the pontoon-shaped exterior styling and unibody-construction for which the name Ponton was given, and particularly love the Cabriolet version of this classic. The 1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet would be the last model-year to roll off the production floor before the cars transition to become the 220SE. As you can imagine, this is a highly sought-after classic. If you're thinking about buying a 1959 Mercedes 220S Cabriolet, The Beverly Hills Car Club would like to share a few Buyer's Tips that they have learned over the years. These tips will help you find the best 220S for your budget and desires.

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1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet Buyer's Guide

First, the classic Mercedes Ponton 220S was designed with an optional Hydrak automatic clutch, however, because of high performance costs, many were converted to a manual clutch. Very few examples with an original Hydrak clutch exist, but if you are looking for a truly original model, try to find one with this rare option. Secondly, there are a number of additional options that were available for the 1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet that, if found today, would make the car even more valuable. For example, the 220S could be purchased with fitted luggage, two-tone paint, whitewall tires, and a front bench seat. Lastly, like with many European and American classics, the condition of the model is directly correlated to its value. Rust does play a major factor in these cars, so whether you're looking for a restoration project or an everyday driver, always have any potential 220S inspected thoroughly by a third-party. Also important to note is that the Cabriolet models, due to their open-to-the-elements design, are often in worse condition than the Coupe models. Be prepared to have some type of restoration involved with the soft top on these cars, unless you're purchasing a pristine example.

For more information or Buyer's Tips for the 1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet, The Beverly Hills Car Club team invites you to contact them today. In the meantime, they encourage you to browse their website to learn more about their company and to view the classics currently in their online inventory. Should you have any questions, they are just a phone call or website inquiry away. Connect today to get started!

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