Liberated from Libya: 1952 Mercedes 220

1952 Mercedes Benz 220

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I would love to know the history of this 1952 cabriolet, currently located in Northbrook, Illinois and for sale here on eBay. Opening bid with a reserve is set at $40,000 with a buy-it-now of $55,000. The auction listing doesn’t go in much detail about the car at all, only telling us that it spent most of its life in Libya and currently needs to be re-assembled. All the mechanical components have been rebuilt, and pictures of a gleaming engine back that statement up. There are also images of the front suspension and under hood components that look really nice. The interior that’s supposed to be red leather is only shown in a picture of a scrapbook, so it’s unclear whether that is its current condition or not, but if so there’s a lot of work to be done there. I suspect that re-upholstery kits for this year Mercedes aren’t available from the dealer, but I know Daimler-Benz will help locate original parts and components and will take on restorations if you are interested in going that route. This seems like a really unique car to me, but a little out of my league. What about you, Barn Find readers?

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  1. Rob

    MB 220’s are beautiful cars when restored, as in this photo, but I’m afraid too rich for my wallet..

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  2. Rich

    I’d really prefer to see more pics of the Malaga 2002 in front of the Benz.

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  3. DT

    My first car was a 1952 170DS, similar but 4 door and a diesel.

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  4. Horse Radish

    Where is the trim and all the little parts to “reassemble”.
    Looks like the lionshare of work and money is still ahead on this one.
    I’d get out @50k if I was the owner too…………

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  5. Brad

    I’d love to see someone paint the whole thing in tacky yellow gold… and put ‘Moammar’ on the vanity plate. ; )

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