RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner, 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet (W180) ‘WSJ 478' ...


RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner, 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet (W180) ‘WSJ 478' ...

What an elegant and imposing car – and rare too! Mercedes only produced 2178 examples of the 220S Cabriolet and of those, research indicates possibly as few as 20 cars produced in RHD (only 7 in 1958). This Mercedes 220S Cabriolet came to us for a new hood and light refurbishment. As is often the case, it transpired that there was rather more work needed and an engine rebuild, interior re-trim and general mechanical refurbishment has all been carried out. With that all done, she is now looking very nice indeed and ready for the next owner to enjoy (the present owner is selling as he has another similar 220 Cabriolet!).

The rarity of the 220 model was partly because it was expensive – nigh-on the same cost as a 300c - and one of Mercedes top-of-the-range models, typically owned by the wealthy and various celebrities, indeed Marilyn Monroe owned one! This car’s history is particularly interesting in that it was ordered direct from Stuttgart for personal export by the then Managing Director of Canada Dry, a Mr Saunders, in Johannesburg and was extensively used there before accompanying him back to the UK in 1976!

Mercedes Build Record:

  • Type: Mercedes 220S Cabriolet, in RHD
  • Chassis No: W180 030N-8503018
  • Engine No: R180 924N-8501851
  • Delivery: 1 April 1958 (via railway to Amsterdam for shipping!)
  • Options: Right hand drive, English instruments, Export fittings for S.A., export lights, engine for countries over 2000m altitude!

Click here to view a pdf of the original build certificate

On arrival in Jo’burg, the Mercedes was registered as ‘TJ 167-335’ and there is service documentation from this period in the history file with the last service carried out in January 1976 before shipping to Southampton and arrival in the UK on 12 July 1976. Modern Light Cars Ltd then steam cleaned, undersealed, wax-oiled and polished the car, with some mechanical attention required also.

The present owner acquired this 220 in 1999 and at that point the car was re-registered in Jersey. Trailered to our workshops in late 2018 as a non-runner, with no hood and little trim, we were instructed to start work on the light refurbishment of 8503018. As the history file records, the programme of work has been extensive and almost the only area of the car not needing work was the body and paintwork as that was – and remains - in remarkably good condition!

The engine has undergone a complete strip down and rebuild having been seized. The interior has been sympathetically restored with our leather restoration specialist managing to restore the original grey seats and some other trim and matching leather let-in elsewhere. Top-quality carpets were tailor-made for the car and the wood dash and cappings have been restored by our local specialist (a gun cabinet maker!). With that all complete, ‘WSJ’ was shipped to the renowned D:class for the new hood and hood-bag to be made-up and fitted.

Missing – and typically rare – original parts have been sourced from specialists in Germany and then restored. We have also had several, no longer available items made specially for the car – the rear seat-back catches being an obvious example. The engine bay heater ducting and valves were in very poor condition and so were removed and sent for rebuild by a specialist in Germany – not cheap, but looking very smart and operating correctly.

Now being gently run-in and back on her previous UK registration, ‘WSJ’ is ready to be enjoyed and cherished. What better or more stylish car than this for summer touring, quite happily with 4 aboard in comfort, or make a point of the folding-flat rear seat (a factory option at the time) and use the luggage shelf for elegant overnight bags! With as few as 20 RHD Cabriolets reported, it is a very rare car indeed - you’re not likely to see another in the pub (or show) car park!

We hope that the extensive photo library will show the car well – and importantly also honestly. ‘WSJ’ starts readily and drives very nicely and it is a ‘grand’ driving experience overall, one cannot help but feel rather special! We know of nothing needed or outstanding on WSJ (post-running-in oil change notwithstanding) and so a summer season of enjoyable driving should be in store for the new custodian of this striking W180 Mercedes.

Price: £115,000

Please contact Mark Knight for further details or to arrange a viewing and test drive (by appointment only please as I am often off-site)

Tel: 07791 417256 or Mark@retromarques.co.uk

We are pleased to be able to offer transport, shipping if needed, and export documentation, also conversant with post-BREXIT administration into Europe.