This Steyr 220 Kabbriolett features red livery with a tan top and tan interior that presents very well for a vehicle of this era. With the front bucket seats, the 220 can accommodate five passengers and shows 32,264 KM (20,047 miles) on the odometer. Of the two Glaser Kabbriolett bodies offered in the 220, this is the sportier version as witnessed by the extremely small rear window and the longer doors giving more of a sweeping, streamlined appearance.
Debuting in 1937, the Steyr 220 was a product of the Stey-Daimler-Puch company of Austria and considered an extremely advanced design for the times. Offered in four body styles—a four door five passenger limousine, a four door five passenger Kabbriolett and a pair of two door Kabbriolett models with bodies from Glaser Coachworks in Dresden, Germany—the Steyr 220 was the last pre-war model offered by the company.
The midsized vehicle was powered by a 2.3L six-cylinder engine backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Featuring a lightweight rigid chassis and four-wheel independent suspension, the Steyr 220 would have been considered a performance car of the time capable of a top speed of 75 MPH (120 KPH). A total of 5,900 Steyr 220’s were manufactured over the four-year production run that ended in 1941 with the start of World War II, with no specific breakdown by body style. During that war, the Steyr 220 was a very popular vehicle among the top Nazi commanders and officers and one provided the transportation for one of the very few successful escapes from the famed German prison camp Auschwitz.