Designated internally as the W180/128, the automotive world dubbed the 1957 Mercedes Benz 220S and its other year models as “Pontons” due to their resemblance to a pontoon or bridge spanning the engine bay. Offering more style and options than the typical saloons of the day, the 1957 Mercedes 220S Coupes and Cabriolets offered a wealth of options including fitted luggage, whitewall tires, a front bench seat, and popular two-tone paint. These were also some of the last Mercedes Benz that offered a manual transmission only. While the larger 300 series autos were more glamorous and exclusive, the 220S was very luxurious for its day. Their executives had realized a niche in the market for a less expensive, more personal auto and capitalized on this by taking the very successful 220 Sedan and shortening the chassis by 4.7-inches, adding more chrome and wood, and adding leather throughout. Even today, these are some of the most popular collectors cars in the European classic market. Read more: This particular car has been the subject of considerable expenditure which has included a full re-trim of the interior and a new, fully lined, mohair soft top. The bodywork has been completely repainted the car is currently undergoing a full service, prior to being offered for sale. The model is very collectable, but being a model in which we have little expertise, we are open to sensible offers and would consider an English classic car in part exchange.