1971 Mercedes-Benz 220

Highlights

  • Impressive retro saloon in a desirable colour scheme
  • Excellent working order with regular services
  • In current ownership since 2017
  • Highly original

The Appeal

Introduced in 1968, the W114/W115 is a keystone in the Mercedes-Benz repertoire. These solidly built, elegantly styled saloons gained an impressive reputation as soon as they first left Stuttgart, and have only continued to maintain that legacy to this day. Built like houses, beautifully presented, and ably powered, nearly two million were produced, and are now a highly desirable classic. 
This example, presented in an impressive retro colour scheme, has been very well cared for, and is ready and raring to go. 


The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1971
  • Five owners from new
  • In current ownership since 2017
  • MOT exempt, and last tested in 2017
  • However, the car was serviced in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • Currently indicates 54,671 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • This has been authenticated by the car's service history
  • However, according to its MOT history, the car has done less than 8,000 miles since 2006
  • The car’s paperwork file includes:
    • Original service record book
    • V5C document
    • Service invoices from 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
    • A selection of invoices, dating back to 2010


The Interior

  • Attractive tan leather interior
  • Highly original throughout
  • Curved plastic instrument binnacle with deco dials
  • All instruments are clean and easy to read
  • Fitted with a CD-changer control unit, an older modification
  • Completed with a branded, leather-wrapped steering wheel with some light patina
  • Seats are in good order with no clear rips or tears
  • Door cards are very presented with only light wear
  • Carpets and headlining are vey well-kept
  • Boot is in very good order, with solid metalwork and a spare wheel


The Exterior 

  • Impressive Tobacco Brown paintwork (colour code 423)
  • Extensive chrome trims with highly impressive grille
  • Bodywork in good order with some light dings 
  • Paintwork is showing some visible wear with the odd scratch or chip
  • Some occasional signs of corrosion to the bodywork, though nothing overly severe
  • These are mostly isolated to the sills and lower extremities of the car
  • Panel fit appears tightly-knit
  • Chromework in good order with light patina and the occasional dent
  • Original branding throughout
  • Glasswork and lenses present well with no chips or cracks
  • The car is sat on its original colour-matched wheels
  • Shod in a full set of Cooper tyres
  • Underneath, the car is in excellent order
  • The vendor informs us that he’s regularly undertaken rust-protection sprays on the car
  • This has left everything looking in superb order, with no clear signs of corrosion 


The Mechanics 

  • Powered by the much-loved 2.2L M115 I4 powerplant
  • 4-speed 722 automatic transmission
  • Engine bay is in good condition with some light wear
  • The car was last serviced in September 2022
  • The vendor has received no advisories at any of these services
  • The car has recently gone on a long journey from London to Devon with no issues
  • We’ve not been made aware of any leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke
  • The car is reportedly starting, running, shifting and breaking with no faults


Summary

Simply majestic - this beautifully designed W115 is in fine fettle. We’re content that the colour combination is a perfect reflection of sheer 70s luxury, and we’ve no doubt it’ll turn plenty of heads out on the road.

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Auction Details
  • Year 1971
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 220
  • Colour Brown
  • Mileage 54,671 Miles
  • Engine size 2197
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Brentford
  • County London
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
28 Bids
  • gi•••• £7,101 28/07/23
  • ei•••• £7,001 28/07/23
  • gi•••• £7,000 28/07/23
  • gi•••• £6,900 28/07/23
  • ei•••• £6,800 28/07/23
  • gi•••• £6,700 28/07/23
  • ei•••• £6,600 28/07/23
  • R9•••• £6,500 28/07/23
  • ei•••• £6,400 28/07/23
  • R9•••• £6,300 28/07/23

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