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Mercedes-Benz 220 W187 Cabriolet Art Car 2.2 Litre 1952

General description : An original work of art by Hiro Yamagata. Part of the Earthly Paradise series. Not only art but also properly restored.

Few modern enthusiasts are as passionate about the Mercedes-Benz 220 A Cabriolet as California-based artist Hiro Yamagata. Since the early 1990s, Yamagata has worked on some three dozen of these cars, which have been acquired from all corners of the globe. Each has been carefully restored by expert craftsmen, down to their properly finished bodywork, correct upholstery, and even accurate interior woodwork and radio hardware. Once the cars are completed, however, they are not yet truly complete. The bodies are finished in white matte acrylic, and then the surface is roughened, providing a primer coat for Yamagata’s creative genius. These Earthly Paradise cars are completely hand-painted by Yamagata, with designs that, in the words of art critic Sam Hunter, have reversed the symbol of the car as an industrial, automated machine and brought it into harmony with nature. He has transformed it into a magical art object through his poetic vision. Designs of bright, beautiful birds and flowers create an exotic tableau that recalls vivid jungles and tropic nights. “Some people say the scenes I paint are dreamy or psychedelic,” Yamagata recalled. “I say, if you look closely at plants and animals —on land and in the ocean—the natural world is overflowing with psychedelic colours and creatures. I’m just painting from nature.” Yamagata’s Cabriolets have been displayed as the focus of their own exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and they have also been attendees at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and on a tour of European museums that lasted through 1997. Very rarely have these unique and painstakingly created masterpieces been offered for sale, so the presentation of this striking example marks a unique opportunity. This car is no mere static sculpture, as the work that Yamagata’s craftsmen lavished on its mechanical and interior components has resulted in this Mercedes being one of the few art cars that can also be entered and driven, as Daimler-Benz intended. Stunning to view and easy to drive, this remarkable piece of art is offered as an automobile that transcends mere metal. It is suitable for either one’s stable of fine motor cars or as the centrepiece of a connoisseur’s collection.

This stunning car is now available for viewing at DD Classics London Showroom, please call 0208 878 3355 for more information.

http://ddclassics.com/car-listing/mercedes-benz-art-car/

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 W187 Cabriolet Art Car 2.2 Litre is listed sold on ClassicDigest in Surrey by DD Classics for £194950.

 

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Car type : Car Make : Mercedes-Benz Model : 220 W187 Model Version : Cabriolet Art Car 2.2 Litre Engine size : 2.2 Model Year : 1952 Sub type : Convertible Location : Surrey

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About Mercedes-Benz
In 1886 Karl Benz built Benz Patent Motorwagen widely regarded as the first automobile. Little did he know this was to be the beginning of the world's most renown premium car manufacturer. -Mind you the venture was financed by his wife Bertha Benz.

Not too far Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, started marketing their car in 1901 using now famous name:  Mercedes (Spanish for godsend), which was chosen after their distributor Emil Jellinek's daughter.

To make a long story short, Daimler merged in 1926 with Benz & Cie., becoming Daimler-Benz and adopting Mercedes-Benz as its automobile trademark

Although deemed by some conservative the truth is actually quite the opposite, Daimler-Benz history is filled with 'firsts': Honeycomb radiator, float carburetor,   four wheel brakes 1924, (although Duesenburg Model A was reported to be sporting them as early as 1922), first diesel powered passenger car in 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 260 D,  first direct fuel injection in the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (well not really as tiny 2-stroke Gutbrod actually had the first direct fuel injection) )  front and rear crumple zones ie. safety cell by Béla Barényi patented in 1951 and introduced in “Ponton”-models , Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS) was first offered on the W116 450SEL 6.9, first production airbags...and the list goes on.

During its 100+ years Mercedes has produced more than a fair share of iconic cars; SSKL , 710 SSK Trossi Roadster, 770K Grosser, 540K Spezial Roadster, 300SL Gullwing, w100 600 Pullman, w111 280SE 3.5 Flachkühler, w113 230SL Pagoda, w109 300 SEL 6.3, w201 2.3-16 Cosworth to name just a few.

One should not forget the famous Silver Arrows (Silberpfeile) either: W 25, W 125, w154, w165, w196 all of which were more than capable of trashing their opponents on the track.