Presented in September 1958 and entering into production shortly after that, the 1958 Mercedes Benz 220SE Ponton has an interesting history that makes these autos desirable among collectors. These very collectible cabriolets and coupes are often referred to as “Ponton” cars, which has to do with the front suspension sub-frame design. When it first came out, a witty German journalist likened it to a pontoon or bridge spanning the engine bay. The 1958 220SE Ponton was certainly more adventurous in styling than the saloons. Convertibles and coupes of this series came with a myriad of options to choose from including fitted luggage, two-tone paint, a front bench seat, and whitewall tires to name just a few. Interestingly, only 830 Ponton Coupes were produced from July/October 1958 to November 1960 and only 1,112 Cabriolets were made during that same time frame. In total, 1,942 units existed, of that number it is unclear as to how many exist today. If you’re thinking about purchasing a 1958 Mercedes Benz 220SE Ponton and are looking for valuable Buyer’s Tips, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few that The Beverly Hills Car Club has put together for you.
Due to the rare nature of parts and materials for the 1958 Mercedes Benz 220SE Ponton, it is important to buy the most complete example you can find. One thing that buyers often overlook when purchasing is the windshield wipers; be sure that they work. These parts are difficult to find and are quite intricate. Another Buyer’s Tip is to ensure all the chrome is on the car, as the chrome pieces for these coupes and cabriolets can be very costly. Of course, as with all classic and vintage cars, you’ll want to make sure the chassis and engine numbers match. On these particular cars, the chassis number is also stamped on forked support above the plate and the engine plate is also stamped on the crankcase above the plate. The Mercedes 220SE models are also prone to rust, so be sure to inspect the car completely.
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