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My wife and I are not using it much as we are getting older, and we may need the space for another vehicle. The car is really nice and runs perfect, and was just completely serviced as it has been by the same reputable MB independent shop for the past 23 years in our keep. It's a rust-free Euro car from SW with 78000 kms (48K miles) and the color is 2-tone beige from the factory. The turn signals really work on top of the fenders with the ring in the steering wheel, everything works perfect including the original Becker radio and rare electric antenna, the leather is original and in extraordinary condition, roof liner is perfect, steering wheel and all knobs like new, oil pressure strong, and it runs cool as a breeze even idling in the worst traffic. The brakes are strong and had been completely rebuilt along with the clutch at 72000 kms. The carburetors never needed any adjustment, and run the car perfect. An electric fuel pump by the tank has been added with a discreete switch under the dash to help the finger-type pump. This car is a beaute. There are towels we put on the floor to protect the near mint carpets. We only remove them for car shows. The car has been selected several times for the Fashion Island MB show and was voted "Most Wanted to Take Home".
The engine compartment is completely original including heater boxes. Trunk mats are excellent.
Pictures are at http://www.electric-dreams.com/edwebcat/220S.htm
The car has been professionally repainted (down to the red factory primer) and had some re-chroming in 1992, still looks perfect.
What do you think we can get for it?
Thanks for advice.
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How much do you think you'll be asking for her? Does it have A/C? I've been looking for a classic MB for a while now.

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RE: 220S coupe may be for sale

Here's a starting point - http://www.manheimgold.com/frames/car_lo.html

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How much do you think you'll be asking for her? Does it have A/C? I've been looking for a classic MB for a while now.
A/C in a '57? Why not electronic fuel injection? [:)] Let's be serious, it was not even offered as an option until the next 220 series with the "square" body.
As far as how much , this was my question, I do not know what it is worth at this time. Last time I looked was 10 years ago and the general consensus was 25 grand.

Len, thanks for the link but the site is near-empty, with a blank page for price guide. [B)]
Following their grade description, the car is between "good" and "excellent", mostly because it is not a ground-up but a sympathetic restoration on a very original and rust-free car. Any other site where they would have a price guide? I am being told by a reputable MB service shop that it's worth $35K as it stands. Optimistic, reasonable, pessimistic? Of course I could take it to the Barrett-Jackson next March and some fools may fight for it and pay ridiculous money... All I can say is that the next owner will have a heck of a very usable, very reliable nice car.

Thanks for any advice.

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RE: 220S coupe may be for sale

Is it worth $45 to find out? Run an ad for $35,000 in THE STAR. You will reach 25,000 Mercedes-Benz car collectors. East Coast price is generally a lot less than West Coast. www.mbca.org and click on STAR classifieds. You must be a member to advertise. I sold a 1972 280 SEL 4.5 for much more than I could have in a local paper. The buyer flew in from California and purchased it, then drove it to New York. 1982. Now his son has it in Nashville.
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I may do this... thanks.
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Really? Didn't the 300SL have fuel injection?

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Don't know why the link didn't work. Here's what it says:

1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S Dsp/HP Eng Fair Good Exc Show Loan
SEDAN 1956-59 2.2/100 6C 4,500 6,000 7,000 11,000 5,500
COUPE 1956-59 2.2/100 6C 8,000 14,000 20,000 26,000 S 12,500
CABRIOLET 1956-59 2.2/100 6C 27,000 35,000 42,000 56,000 S 31,500

I think those prices are pretty close unless the car may have had a $250,000 restoration. As for AC, it was available back then, via a unit mounted in the trunk with the vents on the back hat shelf. Have you ever been to the Ponton Page - http://www.mbzponton.org/. Lots of good info there. There's also a For Sale page you could use too for free.

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Really? Didn't the 300SL have fuel injection?
220a had single carb
220s had twin carbs
220se had fuel injection

All pontons all but 220a were saloon cabrio and coupe
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A/C in a '57? Why not electronic fuel injection? Let's be serious, it was not even offered as an option until the next 220 series with the "square" body.
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Really? Didn't the 300SL have fuel injection?
Norb, we are talking A/C here, and the 300SL had mechanical injection, a far cry from electronic injection, and this is NOT a 300SL...

So, no, sorry, this 1957 220S does NOT have A/C because it was never offered on this model in 1957 in Switzerland anyway, and as far as I know, only aftermarket adaptations have possibly been offered. I looked in all the vintage catalogues and technical books on this car that I have (and I have a LOT of stuff including the original owner's book, shop repair manual, original catalogues showing the car in the exact color schem of this one etc...) and can't find a single mention of A/C.

But not all is lost, there is a fuel reserve switch under the dash, so if you run the tank dry, pull this thing and ...voila, 2 extra gallons to reach the next Gulp station. Would it not be nice if Daimler-Daimler had kept this neat feature on curent models?
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