1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 S PONTON
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 114
Year : 1959
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : 933 XUR
Chassis No. : 180010N8519521
Engine No. : VB181263
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The Mercedes-Benz 220 A was succeeded in March 1956 by the 220 S
saloon which was externally almost identical but had an upgraded
version of the six cylinder, 2195cc engine giving 99hp which was
later increased to 106hp due to the use of twin
carburettors. Introduced in 1956, the 220 S saloon was one of
a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells
employing large, box-section side members, hence the term 'Ponton';
the others being the 190 and 219. All round coil-sprung independent
suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range and
that of the newcomers benefitted from the newly developed single
pivot rear swing axle. Short-wheelbase coupé and cabriolet versions
of the 220 S soon followed. Visually, the 220 S featured a new one
piece front bumper instead of the three-piece bumper used on the
220 A. Also, the twin chrome and rubber strips running under the
doors of the 220 A were replaced with solid chrome
strips. 

This delightful 220 S Ponton, offered in black with a red
leather interior, has been on display at Mercedes-Benz World since
2008. Delivered new to South Africa, this righthand drive example
was purchased from its original owner and then taken to Germany in
1990. Whilst in Germany, the Ponton was restored between 1991 and
1992 with the body shell coated in zinc prior to painting. Most of
the restoration, we are led to believe, was with an
ex-Mercedes-Benz engineer; the engine was subsequently overhauled
by Mercedes-Benz AG of Neu Ulm in 1996. Mercedes-Benz World in
Weybridge were so impressed they decided to purchase the car and
their name can be found proudly upon the UK V5 Registration
document.

This delightful Ponton is accompanied by a comprehensive history
file containing many bills and invoices relating to the
restoration.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170