40 Year Sleep: 1952 Mercedes 220

1952 Mercedes 220

From Yoni G – I am selling another car from my collection. This  barn find 1952 Mercedes 220 has been garaged for the last 40 years and has low mileage of 22,728. The body has some rust, but the undercarriage is very solid (see pics). It is a complete project car and even still has the very rare radio. The engine turns freely. The car has clear California title and is located in Beverly Hills. You can see more pictures at yoni123 or contact me for any question 213-923-5222. I would like to get $19,000.

220 Interior

Here’s the previous owner’s description of the car: My father bought the car from a soldier stationed at US Army base Camp Drum, now Fort Drum in Watertown. This had to be in the late 60’s I am guessing. My father used it a short time and for whatever reason quit driving it. I never saw it on the road in my lifetime, so it was in a garage close to 40 years. That’s about all I know of the history.

Mercedes Inline Six

This Mercedes may look old fashion on the outside, but under that hood there’s some cutting edge technology. At least for the time. That overhead cam inline-six would go on to power some of the three pointed star’s best for years to come. It was tough, powerful, efficient, and could propel this carriage to speeds nearing 90 miles per hour! This one is going to need a full restoration before it will go that quick again, but the black paint and suicide doors should look stunning when done. Do you think there’s anyone out there with enough love for these to see the project through?

Fast Finds

Comments

  1. David

    I wrote this up May 9th. Thanks for any additional information

  2. Brakeservo

    Way over-priced in this world – will take an $80,000 restoration to make a $40,000 car out of it.

    • Wayne Thomas

      This is indeed way overpriced. For the price asked, this should have an AMG engine swap as a restomod.

  3. Ross W. Lovell

    . Greetings All,

    Sort of wondering why this car is showing up again?

    Still own a Ponton or two. This is way overpriced, but that’s only my opinion.

  4. Horse Radish

    From the looks of it this guy flips cars on the slow,
    If somebody throws enough money at him………..

  5. Spridget

    Here’s a restored one from BaT that had a high bid of $12k:

    http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1951mercedes-benz-200b/

    • Tirefriar

      Yeah and BaT auction prices or on the upper side of the value curve

  6. Matt Tritt

    “Reserve not met”.

  7. Bill McCoskey

    NADA Value guide [one of the most accurate value guides on the market IMHO] has this car listed as:

    Low [A running & driving car needing only minor repairs]; $7,425.
    Average [a nice car in good overall condition, a “nice driver”]; $11,250.
    High [excellent condition, restored or a nice original car needing little]; $16,300.

    So let’s see . . . This car is not running, nor has it run in 40+ years. It will require a total restoration at $60k & up, assuming the new owner provides his own labor. $100k if a reputable shop does the work. And then the owner has a $20,000 car, tops.

    A lower mileage car has a premium only if the car is as nice as one would expect with the low mileage. This car needs a total restoration, and then it’s not really a low mileage original car.

    The lesson learned; if you can’t keep a car in a climate controlled long term storage facility, then sell it. With 20k miles showing, I suspect the car was quite nice when parked. So it went from a $15,000 value, to a car worth a couple of thousand, because of a poor storage situation.

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