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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2004, 06:27 AM
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RE: 220S coupe may be for sale

See this page for a little info about AC.
http://www.mbzponton.org/valueadded/brochure/usforces.htm

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A little more research for the fun of it.

The story is from 1959, not 1957. A story about "climatisation" (air refrigeration) by J.C. Moity published in l'Auto-Journal (France) in 1968 showed among other numbers regarding Opel, Porsche, DKW and other German vehicles that nearly 100 of the sedans (180-190-220), 6 coupes and 1 convertible were sold to American forces stationed in Germany and France that year. Of these, about 40% were equiped with A/C, but none of the coupes and not the convertible. Most of these cars were resold in Germany and France and not brought back to the United States.

I have seen A/C units in 220 sedans (most aftermarket add-on by J.C. Whitney and others) but not yet on a single 220S coupe. I have only seen about 100 such cars in Cafifornia over the past 25 years. Not a very common sight...
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RE: 220S coupe may be for sale

You're right on the rarity of AC in these cars. I saw a coupe with the factory AC unit mounted in the trunk several years ago . The cabriolets could not have the factory AC unit because of the boot for the top. Any of them with AC would have to have a front vented unit.

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