The Ponton was Daimler-Benz’s first totally new Mercedes-Benz series of vehicles produced after World War II. In July 1953, these cars replaced the pre-war designed Type 170 series and were the bulk of the automaker’s production through 1959, although some models lasted through 1962. The Ponton name was in reference to the unibody-type, pontoon-shaped exterior styling. The Mercedes 220S Ponton was introduced in March 1956 and was the successor to the 220A. The two cars were nearly identical, but had an upgraded version of the 2.2L inline-six, due to the use of twin-carburetors. Visually, the 220 S also featured a new one-piece front bumper, instead of the 3-piece bumper used on the previous 220A models. It is important to note that the Mercedes 220S Ponton was available with a 4-speed column shift manual transmission, with an optional Hydrak automatic clutch. Because of high maintenance costs, many cars were subsequently converted to use a regular manual clutch. Very few examples remain with the original clutch.
The Mercedes 220S Ponton was available starting in July 1956 as a Cabriolet, meaning the auto had two doors and four seats. If you are looking to buy Mercedes 220S Cabriolet models, make note that nearly every interior surface in the Cabriolet was covered in leather and matching luggage was also available. The wood trim was commonly mahogany, and some Cabriolets were finished with folding rear seats to accommodate additional luggage. Only 3,429 Cabriolets and Coupes were built over their production period, making it a very rare automobile.
The Mercedes 220S Coupe was introduced in October 1956. Very luxurious for its time, these models were still hand-built and were very comfortable to drive. If you are looking to buy Mercedes 220S Coupe models, make note that the chassis number. The chassis prefix for the 220S is 180.
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