1953 Mercedes 220A Is a Gift Waiting to Be Delivered

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1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A

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.

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.

1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A

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?

1953 Mercedes-Benz 220A

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.

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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