Lot 302 - 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Ponton
|Odometer reading||56,564 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,560|
The Mercedes-Benz 220A was succeeded in March 1956 by the 220S 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 220A. Also, the twin chrome and rubber strips running under the doors of the 220a were replaced with solid chrome strips.
Originally delivered new to Australia, land of the points-based immigration system, it appears to have spent the majority of its life in Glen Iris, Victoria before being acquired by the current owner in the UK in 2015. This is backed up by a Daimler/Benz Homologation document. HM Revenue & Customs documents also exist and confirm that full UK VAT and import duties have been paid; it also comes with an MoT test certificate valid until March 2017. Presented in black with a blue velveteen interior, the external condition appears sound although, as you would expect, some paint-based imperfections exist. The interior is also straight with the dash veneers untouched by the usual de-lamination. It started promptly and settled to an even idle and I am assured that the driving experience is good. A charming and very cost-effective family classic.
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