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1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S 'Ponton' Saloon





Engine 2195cc six-cylinder
Gearbox Four-Speed Manual
Body Work Four-Door Sedan
Colour Black
Interior Red
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel With Hubcaps
Brakes Drum/Drum


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A replacement for the 170 Series, the ‘Ponton’ (German for pontoon, a reference to the styling, which did away with separate wings) saloons were introduced in 1953 and remained the mainstay of Mercedes-Benz production for the remainder of the decade. Sold in either four-cylinder (W120/W121) or six-cylinder (W105/W128/W180) configurations, the latter benefited from having a longer wheelbase, larger rear glass and additional brightwork. The SOHC 2195cc six-cylinder unit featured a new light-alloy cylinder head, new pistons and a higher compression ratio. For 1956, the 220 became the 220S with twin Solex carburettors and an output of 100 horsepower, giving genuine 100 mph performance. An innovative and surprisingly popular option was the Hydrak automatic clutch, giving two pedal control whilst retaining the four-speed manual gearbox, being operated by pressure on the gearstick and a vacuum servo and torque converter controlling a normal clutch. Of note to local enthusiasts, the ‘Ponton’ was the first Mercedes-Benz car assembled in Australia. Victorian Premier Henry Bolte was pictured at the opening of the assembly line in Port Melbourne alongside the first example to roll off the line. These beautifully made cars are truly a classic that can be enjoyed by the whole family daily. Production of the 220S continued until 1959, with a total of 55,279 built.