In 1956, Mercedes unveiled its replacement for the 220a: the 220S. The new model was based on the smaller 180-series sedan but with an elongated wheelbase to increase passenger legroom while simultaneously accommodating an upgraded version of the 2.2L inline-6 M180 engine producing 85 horsepower. Later models, like the vehicle on offer, were again upgraded with a twin-carburetor setup that increased output to 105 horsepower. The car's exterior received a modest update, including single-piece front and rear bumpers and chrome trim along the front fender and doors. The 220S was available in sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, with the two-door convertible being both rarer and more desirable than the other versions.
This 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220S is one of just 2,178 cabriolets built between 1956 and 1960. It is finished in its correct yellow paint over a red and black leather interior, both recently refinished. The wood trim and brightwork are in excellent condition, and the car is finished with a fresh cloth convertible top. This 220S comes well-equipped with a Becker Europa radio and an ivory steering wheel: a highly desirable factory option. The factory single-barrel carburetors have been replaced with a pair of Weber 32/36 twin-barrel units for increased drivability on modern roads, resulting in a noticeable gain in acceleration while maintaining the smooth driving characteristics expected from Mercedes' fantastic M180 engine. It has received a recent service and is ready for the roads ahead.