Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2
The 220b model was given an entirely
new body style in 1959, and introduced Mercedes customers
to the new "fintail"
But the design differences over the previous model were
not to stop there.
The new model featured a wider radiator
grille, new dual vertical headlights, a wrap around windscreen
and wide rear window.
The 2195cc engine produced 95bhp, allowing the new
model to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99.5mph).
As with the model it was replacing (the 219), the new
220 was available with the "Hydrak" transmission
In fact for almost a year, between 1961 and
1962, the 220 was available in manual form only until
Mercedes introduced a new "Auto" transmission
as an option.
The "Hydrak" transmission
therefore had a short
life, no doubt due to the many burnt out clutches, and
while the Hydrak remains a unique curiosity today if considering
the purchase of a 200 "Finnie" we would recommend
either the manual or traditional auto of post 1962