2020/12/20 SUN


Showa Retro Car Expo Auction 2020

1964 Mercedes Benz 220S

  • An iconic four-door sedan with fin tails
  • An extremely popular “vertical headlight-ed” Benz
  • Imported to Japan by the authorized importer, Western Motors
  • An example in mint condition

Said to be the base model for what became the S class that is still produced. The W111 debuted in 1959. The American car design was all the craze at that time and this example when looking at the fin tail, seemed to have received its influence, too. “Fin tail” also became its nickname. The body shape came in three different types: four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and a two-door convertible. Equipped with a 2.2-liter inline six engine, and in 1961 for the W112 a 3-liter inline six was installed with also an air suspension.

The vertical headlight which became the staple for this series was applied for the front design and was inherited by the W100 and W108/W109. In 1968, the W111 sedan ended its production. For W108, it went through a model change. The coupe and convertible received numerous modification and was produced until 1971.

This example was imported and sold by Western Motors in 1964, the authorized importer for the Daimler-Benz at that time.

The subdued black exterior retains the original dignified atmosphere. About 10 years ago, the example went through a full restoration by the hands of a Japanese Mercedes Benz specialist. It was maintained and carefully stored by the collector and is in mint condition.


Chassis No. 111012-10-127791
Mileage 29,100km