Feb 6 2015
The ONLY open car that Pininfarina built
- the engine number 188920-55.00020,
- the chassis number. 188010-55.00016
- building no. 188010-55.00005.
The car, a Mercedes Benz 300 S Cabriolet A (W 188 I), had been completed on 31 March 1955 at the Sindelfingen plant and was delivered on 13 April of the same year at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in New York. The original owner, Mrs. Margaret Flick, bought the Mercedes and went to PininFarina to build her a special body as a private order. From 1955 to 1956, the car remained in the PininFarina Studio, where the modifications to the body were carried out.
The change in appearance of the Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A of the Year in 1955 suggests the impression of a model of the interwar period. The open toward the front fenders, the free-standing headlamps and flat-acting, extended running rear area take on elements of the classic body design of Herman Ahrens. Is rumored that the client envisioned as a model, a model of the brand Duesenberg.
Also interesting is the modified mechanism for the folding roof along classical lines of a 3-position convertible – closed – partially open only on the seats – very open with thrown back folding roof.
A company showcase was featured to attract orders from the industry or individual customers. Coachbuilder Pininfarina had the habit of introducing a number of special bodied cars each year at shows as a styling exercise. When the car left the factory, the color was DB 221 EFEUGRUEN (ivy green), with gray leather and a gray-green soft top it was also the only Sedan style 300S ever manufactured.
The Cabriolet A was first registered on August 1, 1962 in Florence on a lady named Margaret Flick. Mrs. Flick registered the car in Firenze, Italy and drove it until she sold it in 1972 to Mrs. Dorothy Mary Kielty (Minnesota-USA).
Since 2008, the unique is back in Italy. The collector Alberto Cefis bought the car and had to perform a technical restoration. As the only spare parts he needed a pitman arm. Otherwise, only a few adjustments to the engine, transmission and brakes were carried out and the electrics checked.