1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B

A few weeks ago I checked out one of my favorite Mercedes-Benz ever, the Adenauer. I just think for the money you pay and what you get, it is one of best values in the market for the mature post-war classic that you bring out for that special occasion. When the Adenauer production started in 1951, Mercedes also produced the W187 220 in saloon, coupé and cabriolet form. These were still full-size luxury cars, but not nearly as large in size compared to the imposing Adenauer. Today, I wanted to check out a 1952 220 Cabriolet B up for sale in California to see how it stacks up to the big brother Adenauer. What I found was that despite being a lesser model, doesn’t mean it is any less impressive and any cheaper.

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1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A ‘Rose Garden’

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Art cars are hit or miss for me. Either they are really well done by a famous artist that ads to overall aesthetic of the car or ”that hippie guy at the end of the street is in his driveway without a shirt on painting his car.” Luckily, the car we are featuring today is the former. This 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A was done up by artist Hiro Yamagata, a fairly well known guy in the ‘Art Car’ circles as part of his Earthly Paradise series. So if you are still on board with this less than wicked garden, let’s take a deeper look.

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1952 Volkswagen Beetle

The original Volkswagen Beetle was a lot of things to a lot of motorists. It’s the car that helped put post World War II Germany back on the map. It was basic transportation to a number of baby boomers and now considered a collectable to a number of air-cooled VW fans. While Volkswagen hit its sales stride in the 1960s, early Beetles such as this 1952 example are highly prized as they offer a window to where the company got its start. Hard to believe this innocent looking vehicle was the brainchild of one of the most brutal dictators of the recent history.

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Year: 1952
Model: Beetle
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 75,000 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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Up for sale 1952 Volkswagen Beetle Classic
Radio/power pack fully restored and functional
Dash pod restored by Zarwerks
All fasteners oil-blackened as original
Original wiring harness duplicated in both cloth and PVC
Original moldings and ribbed bumpers
16 x 15.00 Firestone tires
Fully restored and functioning semaphores
Original German manual
Many NOS parts including tail lights, air cleaner, exhaust, interior light, dash switches, rear ashtray, bumpers, ignition switch, horn button, hubcaps, Hirshmann red-tip antenna
I will offer shipping for my car, for a quotation send me your zip code.

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The earlier Beetles are more compromised than later models, mostly due to their 6 volt electrical system and non-syncromesh gearbox. However, they bring big sums in comparison to later models. A car that presents well like this, especially with the canvas sunroof, can easily breach $30,000. Given that, I’m not surprised where bidding is headed on this one.

-Paul