Survivor Sunday: 1951 Mercedes Benz 220 B Cabriolet

his highly original 1951 Mercedes Benz 220 B Convertible storage find with only 5,820 miles just recently popped up for sale on eBay, making it the perfect candidate for Survivor Sunday. While we try not to make it a habit of featuring cars that are currently for sale, this black plate Cali car was too irresistible to pass up. It happens to be the original show car from the 1951 Berlin Auto Salon before being sold to it’s first owner in Santa Monica, which was all confirmed with a classic type writer written letter from the Mercedes Benz factory itself. And in our best late night infomercial voice, we declare, “But wait, there’s more!” (this is probably where we should mention that we have no affiliation whatsoever with this car or it’s sale)…
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Although described by the selling dealer in St. Louis, Missouri as “all original”, it did receive a repaint from maroon to blue in 1960 and was given a Becker Europa at the same time.
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We would like to know the background story of why a car with such low mileage needed a repaint when only 9 years old, but since that is probably not likely to happen we will just have to assume it was because it’s previous owner just wanted a different color.
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It was recently just discovered after sitting in dry storage for the past 44 years and still has it’s original factory jack, tool roll and boot cover, as well as factory owner’s manual, brochure and factory service manuals.
The classic is 1 of only 368 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolets built that year, and just looking at the craftsmanship even as it currently sits makes us wonder what current model year Mercedes Benz convertibles will look like in 63 years if they were to be put away for the same amount of time. Likely not even close to this one.
Just look at the cushy rear leather seats. A little bit of hide food and it makes us want to jump in back for a ride to the beach with the top down with a couple close friends.
Bidding starts at $74,770 with a Buy It Now of $77,500. This is one that will be interesting to see where it finishes…

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