1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A

In April 1951, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 220 Sedan (chassis type W187) at the Frankfurt Auto Show. As the successor to the 170 S, this new model boasted an updated chassis, refreshed styling, and a brand-new powerplant, marking it as the company’s first truly “new” post-war model. The most significant change was found under the hood, where a new 2.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine with 80 horsepower transformed the car into a formidable autobahn cruiser.

A stylish cabriolet variant was manufactured from July 1951 to August 1955, with a total production of 2,360 examples, including 1,178 units in 1952. The Cabriolet A, like the one described, commanded a 70 percent premium over the saloon models, resulting in relatively low production numbers. This glamorous car, boasting delightful technical and cosmetic features, swiftly became a preferred mode of transportation for movie stars worldwide.

Source: RM Sotheby’s