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1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 W187


  • Extremely rare car, in need of some mechanical work and restoration
  • Highly original bodywork, brightwork and chassis
  • Imported into Ireland in 1959
  • New stainless steel bumpers fitted

The Appeal

In many ways, the 220 represents perfect foundation for practically every Mercedes-Benz that followed. Smooth-running, beautifully engineered cars with bold, confident lines - it was a recipe that the company maintained right through to the end of the 20th century.

The W187 was the first of the company's post-war range to feature a 6-cylinder engine again - the new M180, which proved to have remarkable longevity. While the car's rather evocative period lines may not have been relevant for long, the M180 was still being fitted to new cars as late as 1985, and garnered a lot of attention upon the model's introduction. Some of the 50s press went so far as to say the new block was one of the finest engines ever put in a motor car. 
This 220 was originally from Germany and was imported into Ireland in 1959. Boasting plenty of originality, this marvellous cruiser is now ready and waiting for some restoration work before it can return to the road. Other than this, it's a nice, solid car that's well deserving of attention, with much of its period ritz still fully intact.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1952
  • Car originated from Germany and was imported into Ireland in 1959
  • Sadly we have very little in the way of paperwork or service history for this vehicle
  • Currently indicates 73,503km on a five-figure odometer
  • Some work completed in recent years

The Condition

  • Bodywork and chassis are both original
  • The is carrying some marks and chips, commensurate with its age
  • Needs some re-chroming, particularly to the grille
  • Fitted with new stainless steel bumpers
  • The tyres are perished and require replacement
  • Underneath, the car is showing signs of wear, but is reportedly solid
  • Would benefit from anti-corrosion treatment
  • Interior presents well
  • High-quality red leather refurb on seats
  • Dashboard is very original with plenty of heritage character
  • Some areas of pitting and corrosion to the instruments and their surrounds
  • Headlining is tired, but free of rips and tears

The Mechanics

  • 2,195cc straight-six engine
  • Four-speed manual transmission with column change
  • Needs attention to brakes, fuel pump, and a service
  • Engine rebuild with new crankshaft (original engine)
  • Fuel pump is weak; currently running on a temporary electric pump
  • Clutch, gearbox, and axle are all reportedly in good order
  • The vendor tells us that the car drove well when the brakes were working

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1952
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 220
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 73,503 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2195
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ratoath
  • Location International
  • Country Ireland

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