Lot 114 - 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Ponton
|Odometer reading||41,493 miles|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
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.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.