A Wonderfully Preserved Example of the First Postwar Mercedes-Benz Model
Attractive Black (DB 040) over Red Color Scheme
Well-Documented History and Provenance
Voted Best Original Car at the 2011 East Coast Ponton Congress
Accompanied by Service Receipts and Original Books
2,195 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
106 HP at 5,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Double Wishbones and Coil Springs
Rear Swing Axle Suspension with Coil Springs
Mercedes-Benz launched its first postwar model, the W180 “Ponton,” in 1953. The example offered here is a wonderfully preserved and unrestored example from 1959, the last year of production for the 220 S Sedan. According to the build sheet accompanying the sale, this Ponton was built for the US market and equipped with sealed-beam headlights. As ordered by the Mercedes-Benz distributor in South Bend, Indiana, it was finished in Black (DB 040) paint with red leather interior.
By 1966, a new owner had taken the 220 S to San Mateo, California. That owner kept the Sedan for 19 years and compiled a dossier of service receipts that remain with the car. In 1985, the Mercedes-Benz was acquired by an owner based in New Hampshire. The current owner, a Virginia resident, acquired the car in 2008 and commissioned an engine rebuild by marque specialist Keith Martin of Roanoke, Virginia. The car has otherwise been lovingly maintained and preserved in original, unrestored condition.
This 220 S Sedan was named Best Original Car in September 2011 at the East Coast Ponton Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has won awards at other Mercedes-Benz events on the East Coast. Displaying less than 88,000 km (approximately 55,000 miles) from new, this wonderfully preserved 220 S awaits a caretaker who will continue to enjoy it on the road and present it at shows.