Pick of the Day: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220S

It’s about the time in the year when many folks are ready to start enjoying warmer temperatures and planning summer vacations. Hawaii seems like a great place to visit. So why not bring back a souvenir?

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220S luxury sedan listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Hana, Hawaii. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Beautiful fintail, garage-kept, stock, new tires, radiator rebuilt two years ago,” the listing states. “Was originally a black-plate California car until three years ago when we brought it over to Hawaii, where it has sat in the garage since.”

This 220S model rides on Mercedes’ W111 chassis and was classified when new as a full-sized luxury car. The platform was used from 1959 through 1968 for the brand’s four-door vehicles (or saloons). The seller’s “fintail” reference refers to the car’s subtle but distinctive rear end treatment with small tailfins which by the mid-1960s were being phased out of style. The W111 was an advanced car for its time; it had good visibility, safety crumple zones, and retractable seat belts.

This example looks good in the listing’s photos, although the seller clarifies that there are some blemishes upon closer inspection. “Pretty much rust-free, paint has a bit of cracking on the hood and a bit of surface bubble on the rear. Interior could use some work but nothing big.” The original Becker radio is inoperative. A short video is included with the listing which shows a start-up.

Power under the hood comes from an inline-six paired with an automatic transmission. The seller says that the car runs beautifully and handles great. “Needs to find a home,” the listing concludes.

By the way, the town of Hana is located on the northeast shores of Maui and was originally settled as farmland for sugar cane in the mid-1880s. One of the most famous attractions in the area is Hana’s scenic and windy access road, known as the Road to Hana. It is 64 miles long and comprises routes 36 and 360. What a perfect place that would be to enjoy driving a classic Mercedes-Benz before shipping it home!

The seller is asking $22,000 for this 220S, which includes spare parts and a shop manual. Hawaiian travel lodging and amenities are sold separately.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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