My father drove very early in company cars. After an Opel Olympia and an Opel Rekord there was a Simca 1500. Then a Simca 1501 Special Break. About that time, the chemicals business of the Dutch Chemical Sales Office, the NVCP, was going so well that my father and his colleague Rob Bakker went to the editor to report that the two salesmen of such a successful company should actually drive Mercedes . The management thought that was a good plan.
Measure acceleration times with a calendar
The company's first two Mercedi were 200Ds. Cars so slow that truck drivers saw them as full-fledged colleagues. Cars that ran ten kilometers faster in cold foggy weather than under 'better' conditions.
The economy continued to boom
The next Mercedes were Mercedes 220. On petrol. My father's was later taken over by a fellow villager who modernized it by adding 'ribbed taillights', an then very current 'upgrade'. Meanwhile, the NVCP was taken over by the AKZO and the Mercedes era came to an end. The subsequent Audi 100s were also beautiful cars. But management's reprehensible influence had begun. My father's last 'kumpannie cart' was an Audi 100 Avant.
Meanwhile a very real classic
A beautiful Mercedes 220 type 115 (1968 to 1976) is now a highly valued classic. This type was also referred to as / 8 (“Strich-Acht”) because of the 1968 launch year. This series was an absolute sales success for Mercedes with more than 1.850.000 copies sold. In the 8 years that this model has been in production, only one recognizable facelift took place in 1973. The most characteristic were the taillights with ridges, ridges that prevent pollution and thus 'blind' of the taillights. Rumor has it that the ripple idea came about when a Mercedes test driver almost crashed into a Ford with dirty brake lights on the back. That could have been better!
Bought to cherish
The most nostalgic Mercedes 220 in the pictures we found at Garage de 'l'Est, a location of usually French-born classics in pristine condition. The Mercedes is still of the first type, immediately recognizable by the front spoiler with chrome frame, the vent windows in the front doors, the small door mirrors and the smooth taillights.
Some people buy cars from the foresight. Some people forget that cars are actually just made to drive. And that certainly applies to Mercdessen. Our photo model rolled off the production line in August 1968 and was only delivered on 1 April 1969. The Mercedes 220 has always been in collector's hands, hence the extremely low mileage. The Benz has only 14.000 correctly documented kilometers on the clock. The interior is even equipped with original Mercedes covers to protect the blue fabric upholstery.
Hit the road. Or not ?
The perfection of this car is his biggest pain point. Because in this condition, the Mercedes 220 is more of a collector's item than a fantastic, ZGAN car. And a car is such a condition? Who do you want his miles ?!
Also interesting to read:
– Mercedes-Benz S-Class W116 (1972-1980)
- From Mercedes Benz W201 / C-Class Club. Fun and professionalism
– 'My father's car' A Mercedes-Benz 240 D
– The Mercedes-Benz T line
– Multiple scoop: driving the Mercedes Benz 240D 3.0