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Pick of the Day: 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet luxury touring car

The classy drop top looks like a stylish and comfortable vintage ride


The Pick of the Day, a 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet, was a stylish part of the German automaker regaining its status as a luxury car company after the ravages of World War II.  

Starting in 1951 with the 220 and its flagship 300 Adenauer models, Mercedes again equipped its cars with sophisticated OHV inline-6 engines, the 220s getting newly developed 2.2-liter engines producing 86 horsepower.  The wheelbase for the 220 was stretched more than 6 inches compared with the 4-cylinder 180 models to accommodate the longer engines and to provide addition interior space. 


While the styling of the 220 was conservative and old-fashioned looking in sedan form, the cabriolet models added a sporty spin, and they are appealing standouts among 1950s collector cars.

This Mercedes is an attractive example in Ivory with a red interior that is apparently in essentially original condition, according to the Astoria, New York, dealer advertising the cabriolet on ClassicCars.com.  The body is accented with chrome trim, highlighted by bold landeau bars on either side of the fabric top.

mercedes, Pick of the Day: 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet luxury touring car, ClassicCars.com Journal

“This very charming 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet is a highly original example and a great driver that’s been under the same family’s loving ownership for over 20 years,” the seller says in the ad. “A very presentable car that’s mechanically strong. Good body, door gaps and panel fit. Nice paint, chrome, soft-top and clean interior. A very usable car that maintains its originality and has never been restored.”

The Mercedes appears to be in nice condition, with an inviting interior that’s ready for a luxurious road trip.  No word in the ad whether the paint and interior have been redone, but both look to be in very good condition in the gallery of photos with the ad.


The 220 models, or W187 cars as they were known internally, were the end of the line for Mercedes’ carryover pre-war styling, the cabriolet model continuing through 1955 before being replaced by modern unibody designs with ponton-fendered bodies.

The classy cabriolet, which would be a fun and comfortable car for rallies and club drives, as well as a great head-turning way to make an entrance anywhere, is priced at $129,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.



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