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1953 Mercedes Benz 220, W187 Saloon
« on: November 23, 2011, 06:54:39 PM »
1953 Mercedes Benz 220, W187 Saloon

It’s 1945 and WWII has ended.  Germany starts to slowly rebuild out of what was left from the bombed out cities.  The Occupational Forces restricted passenger car manufacturing to a 4-cylinder engine and Mercedes Benz started where they left off in 1939 with their 4-cylinder 170V model.

1951 manufacturing rules were relaxed and Mercedes Benz showed the world their model 220 W187; a 6-cylinder car with a lot of design features including an overhead valve engine with overhead cam, one shot lube system (where you press the hydraulic lube piston every 600 KM and pronto the car was ‘lubed’ again – all the ball joints and drive-shaft points).

There was just one spot of rust on the bottom side of the driver’s side floorboard and this has been replaced in the correct stamping as the original.  We can say the 220 is rust-free again.  Original in that no other sheet metal on the car has ever been replaced.

A California delivered rust-free survivor with only 101,400 KM. Chrome has some pitting.  Interior upholstery covers have been replaced a few years back.  The original full sliding roof is in need of replacement (new cover material is included).  Repair work has been started but should be finished to bring the car back from survivor mode after it stubbornly refused, for 58 years, to let the metal munching moon mice get their fill.

What did they say? Yes, the Germans always have built good tanks!

General Information:

The W187 was Mercedes-Benz's line of six-cylinder luxury cars in the early-1950s. It was sold as a sedan, coupe, and cabriolet, all with the 220 model name. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1951, the 220 sedan was replaced by the W105/W180 line in 1953. The coupe and cabriolet lasted until August 1955.

All 220s used a 2.2 L (2195 cc/133 in³) straight-6 engine producing 80 hp DIN (86 SAE) (60 kW). The styling was similar to the 170 S except that the headlights were integrated into the fenders for a slightly more modern look. Two different cabriolet models were built, but they only sold 1,278 and 997 for the "A" (two-door) and "B" (four-door) versions, respectively.

The saloon went out of production in May, 1954; the Cabriolet models soldiered on for another 15 months, now equipped with the new W180 220a's engine. Also, a Cabriolet A-based Coupé became available at that time.


    1951–1954 220 sedan
    1951–1955 220 cabriolet (A and B models)
    1954–1955 220 coupe


    Years of Manufacture: 1951 - 1956
    Number Built: 44,451
    Price at Introduction:
        220 Sedan: DM 11,925
        220 Convertible: DM 15,160
        220 2-3 seater Convertible: DM 18,860
        220 2-3 seater Coupe: DM 20,850
        220a Sedan (1954): DM 12,500
        220 Convertible and Coupe from 1954: DM 21,500

    220 Convertible and Coupe from 1954: DM 21,500

Date of Introduction:

    July, 1951


    X Shaped Oval Tube Chassis

Exterior Dimensions 220:

    Total Length Sedan: 177.4 inches (4507mm)
    Total Length Convertible: 178.7 inches (4538mm)
    Total Width: 66.3 inches (1685mm)
    Height at Kerb Weight Sedan: 63.4 inches (1610mm)
    Height at Kerb Weight Convertible: 61.4 inches (1560mm)
    Wheelbase: 112.0 inches (2845mm)
    Front Track: 51.6 inches (1310mm)
    Rear Track: 56.5 inches (1435mm)

Exterior Dimensions 220a:

    Total Length Sedan: 185.6 inches (4715mm)
    Total Length Convertible: 183.9 inches (4670mm)
    Total Width: 68.5 inches (1740mm)
    Height at Kerb Weight Sedan: 61.42 inches (1560mm)
    Height at Kerb Weight Convertible: 60.2 inches (1530mm)
    Wheelbase: 111.0 inches (2820mm)
    Front Track: 56.3 inches (1430mm)
    Rear Track: 57.7 inches (1470mm)

Kerb Weight:

    220 Sedan: 2970lb (1350kg)
    220 Convertible: 3168lb (1440kg)
    220a Sedan: 2860lb (1300kg)
    220a Convertible: 2860lb (1300kg)

Fuel Tank:

    220: 17.2 gallons (65.0 litres)
    220a: 16.9 gallons (64.0 litres)

Turning Circle:

    220: 39.37ft (12.0 metres)
    220a: 38.39ft (11.7 metres)
    220a Convertible: 37.4ft (11.4 metres)


    Petrol gauge
    Temp warning lamp
    Oil warning lamp

Transmission (Manual, 4 Speed) 220:

    1st: 3.68:1
    2nd: 2.25:1
    3rd: 1.42:1
    4th: 1.00:1

Transmission (Manual, 4 Speed) 220a:

    1st: 3.40:1 (later 3.52)
    2nd: 2.32:1
    3rd: 1.52:1
    4th: 1.00:1


    Single cushion disc, dry plate clutch

Rear Axle Ratio:

    220: 4.44:1
    220a: 4.11:1 (later 4.10:1)

Engine Speed at 100 km/h:

    3470 rpm

0-60 mph (0-97 km/h):

    220: 21.0 seconds (approx)
    220a: 19.0 seconds (approx)

Maximum Speed:

    220: 141 km/h (87.5 mph)
    220a: 150 km/h (93.0 mph)

Engine 6 Cylinder M 180 220:

    Capacity: 2195cc
    Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with one valve per cylinder
    Fuel System: Dual downdraft Solex 30 PAAJ carburetor
    Bore and Stroke: 3.15 x 2.87 inches (80 x 72.8mm)
    Power: 80 hp @ 4850rpm
    Torque: 14.5 mkg @ 2500rpm (104.9 ft/lb)
    Compression Ratio: 6.5:1

Engine 6 Cylinder M 180 220a:

    Capacity: 2195cc
    Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with one valve per cylinder
    Fuel System: Dual downdraft Solex 32 PAATJ carburetor
    Bore and Stroke: 3.15 x 2.87 inches (80 x 72.8mm)
    Power: 85 hp @ 4800rpm
    Torque: 16.0 mkg @ 2400rpm (116.0 ft/lb)
    Compression Ratio: 7.6:1

Ignition and Electrical:

    12 volt
    Coil and alternator


    Single tail-pipe


    Front: Independent type with coil springs
    Rear: Swing axle with coil springs


    220: Worm and ball, ratio 13.9:1 (2.75 turns)
    220a: Worm and ball, ratio 21.4:1 (4.00 turns)


    220: Drum, 736 cm sq. 114.0 sq in.
    220a: Drum, 1064 cm sq. 164.9 sq in.


    220: 15" Pressed steel disc wheels
    220a: 13" Pressed steel disc wheels


    220: 6.40 x 15
    220a: 6.70 x 13

Terms & Conditions:

Successful high bidder must contact Karl Middelhauve @ (715) 848-5443 within 24 hours after the auction closes.  Payment methods accepted include wire transfer, cashier’s check or cash (in person).  Deposit via PayPal required.

By bidding and winning this auction you have entered into a legal and binding contract to purchase the vehicle described above.  All bidders must have pre-approved financing in place PRIOR to bidding, or be able to pay cash for the vehicle.

This auto is sold ‘AS-IS’, that is to say with no warranty.

We will contact the successful high bidder by phone or email after the auction closes.  You must respond by phone within twenty-four (24) hours to confirm your intention to buy or the vehicle may be re-listed or sold to any other qualified buyer and any deposit would be thus forfeited.

All funding must be received as soon as possible and within seven (7) days of auction closure or we reserve the right to re-list or sell to another qualified buyer.

Please contact Karl Middelhauve with any and all questions prior to bidding at (715) 848-5443 or via email at  Winning bidder must confirm their winning bid with a $1,000 PayPal deposit within forty-eight (48) hours of auction closure.

To serve you best, we prefer to show vehicles by appointment.  Call Karl @ (715) 848-5443 to schedule an appointment.

Shipping charges are buyer’s responsibility.  Any claims arising from shipping or damage are between buyer and shipping company.

Notice to Bidders:

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