1958 Mercedes-Benz 220SMurilee Martin2/29/08 9:00amFiled to: Down On The Street1950s220SAlamedaPontonw180Mercedes-BenzS-class36EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkSome of you Mercedes-Benz experts may have taken one glance at the photo above and spluttered "1958? Why, any fool can see that's a 1959!" However, I swear I did my best to figure out the exact model year of this car. With the help of such sites as this one, I believe I've narrowed it down to 1958 or 1959 (the 220S was made from 1956 through 1959, and the bumper-mounted license-plate lights should mean it's from the last two years... unless it's had a junkyard bumper swap, of course). Anyway, regardless of year, this is the car that Mercedes-Benz aficionados consider the very first S-class. That means it's both a cool old 50s daily driver and a significant piece of automotive history, all on one West End Alameda street! This car lives within a few blocks of the '66 200D. Unlike the '66, however, this Benz gets driven.