1953 Mercedes 220A Is a Gift Waiting to Be Delivered
One of 1,287 built between 1951-55, classic car is heading to auction for $152,000.
The holiday season is in full swing, and that only means one thing: finding the perfect Mercedes to top off with a silver bow before gifting it to yourself. You could always head over to your local Mercedes dealership to find a new S-Class or SL Roadster for the garage, but maybe an older Mercedes would be the right gift to give.
The other day, we happened upon such an example on Hemmings, and a rare one at that: a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A.
This “very GOOD INVESTMENT for the future” is a numbers-matching 220A cabriolet in burgundy with a beige interior and all-new dark brown soft top. Strangely, the ad also mentions that the vintage beauty was “owned by an old man in the past 25 years.”
Currently, the classic car resides on the German-Swiss border in Rielasingen, Germany. It’s also one of 1,287 made between 1951 and 1955, which means you probably won’t find another one like this on the road anytime soon. It’s also why the price is listed at $152,000 firm.
Up front in the 1953 Mercedes 220A is the 220A’s M180 2.2-liter inline-six, which was also used in the Unimog 404 S. The engine made only 80 horsepower in its day, but it should be more than enough for cruising around town. Inside, the beige leather seats are surrounded by plenty of chrome and wood trim. Rearward visibility is at a premium with the top up, but who would drive a 220A cabrio with the top up, anyway?
The 220A’s paperwork is all in order, including its German historic registration and 1953 German delivery confirmation by Mercedes-Benz. So, the choice is yours: pick up a new CLA, or bring home an eternal classic.